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Revalorization of Social Reproduction through Social and Solidarity Economy Practices


Revalorization of Social Reproduction through Social and Solidarity Economy Practices
The feminist analysis of social and solidarity economy (SSE) practices in the six cases studied in the project has found that SSE practices may contribute to the valorization of women’s work, strengthening of social ties, and the protection of life as such. Under certain conditions, SSE practices may also contribute to the formation of political subjects capable of challenging patriarchal capitalist structures towards greater recognition and more rights. While marked with challenges, SSE practices may thus form part of collective struggles for equitable and more sustainable societies.

This is the first of three briefs summarizing the main research themes and findings of the project Feminist Analysis of SSE Practices: Views from Latin America and India. Social and solidarity economy has a potentially important role to play in reorienting economies and societies toward more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. Even though women play a major role in SSE activities, until very recently the interest of both academics and policy makers in SSE has lacked a gender perspective. This research project aimed to contribute empirical evidence and analytical insights to begin filling these gaps in SSE research and policies from a feminist perspective.

Read brief two of three here: Solidarity Practices and the Formation of Political Subjects and Actions for Change

Read brief three of three here: Making Public Policies for SSE Sustainable, Feminist Conscious and Transformative: Exploring the Challenges

These briefs are meant to flag ideas and contribute knowledge that can improve the quality of development debates.
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  • Pub. Date: 24 Aug 2018
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    From: UNRISD