Alternative Food Economies and Transformative Politics in Times of Crisis: Insights from the Basque Country and Greece

Rita Calvário, Giorgos Kallis

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Abstract

© 2016 The Author. Antipode © 2016 Antipode Foundation Ltd. Why and how do alternative economies emerge, how do they develop and what is their contribution, if any, to transformative politics? Alternative economies proliferate in the countries worse hit by economic crisis and austerity, such as Spain or Greece. Yet the existing literature is stuck in a counter-productive division between celebration and critique. We move beyond this division applying philosopher Daniel Bensaïd's understanding of politics to two alternative food economies, one in the Basque Country and one in Greece. We illuminate the activist strategies and specific conjunctures within which the two alternatives emerged and explain how they develop in the face of political-economic barriers. Alternative economies, we conclude, can be transformational when they are inserted in activist strategies directed to extend conflict, social struggles and challenge the capital–state nexus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-616
JournalAntipode
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • alternative economies
  • crisis
  • food alternatives
  • transformative politics

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