A collection of our sources of inspiration, favourite authors, and more…

Research Projects

Financialisation of Valuation and Public Policies.

This blog details the research of a Humbolt Foundation-funded project led by Ève Chiapello and titled “Financialisation and the Fabrication of Intangible Assets as Responses to the Problems of Contemporary Capitalism”. This project is looking at different responses to the socioeconomic, welfare state, and environmental crises of capitalism. One such proposed response is the process of financialisation, utilizing financial sector practices in other sectors.

Academic Communities

Research & Degrowth (R&D).

R&D is an association of a variety of actors focused on bringing awareness to degrowth, the downscaling of production and consumption to improve well-being and promote environmental sustainability. As such, its activities include organizing conferences, preparing publications, and coordinating policy proposals.

Institute for Social Banking (ISB).

ISB is an institute with global membership aimed at educating, researching, and networking on the topic of socially responsible banking and financial practices which are not profit-oriented but seek to prioritize the common good.

Community Economies Collective (CEC).

Formed by Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham (J.K. Gibson-Graham) in response to their critique of capitalist economies, the CEC works towards exploring and collaboratively bringing attention to alternative and sustainable economies. 

Articles

Cornish, Flora, Haaken, Jan, Moskovitz, Liora and Jackson, Sharon (2016) Rethinking Prefigurative Politics: Introduction to the Special Thematic Section. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4 (1). pp. 114-127. ISSN 2195-3325 DOI: 10.5964/jspp.v4i1.640.

Abstract: This special thematic section responds to the 21st century proliferation of social movements characterised by the slogans ‘another world is possible’ and ‘be the change you want to see’. It explores prefigurative politics as a means of instantiating radical social change in a context of widening global inequalities, climate change, and the crises and recoveries of neoliberal global capitalism. ‘Prefigurative politics’ refers to a range of social experiments that both critique the status quo and offer alternatives by implementing radically democratic practices in pursuit of social justice. This collection of articles makes the case for psychologists to engage with prefigurative politics as sites of psychological and social change, in the dual interests of understanding the world and changing it. The articles bridge psychology and politics in three different ways. One group of articles brings a psychological lens to political phenomena, arguing that attention to the emotional, relational and intergroup dynamics of prefigurative politics is required to understand their trajectories, challenges, and impacts. A second group focuses a political lens on social settings traditionally framed as psychological sites of well-being, enabling an understanding of their political nature. The third group addresses the ‘border tensions’ of the psychological and the political, contextualising and historicising the instantiation of prefigurative ideals and addressing tensions that arise between utopian ideals and various internal and external constraints. This introduction to the special section explores the concept and contemporary debates concerning prefigurative politics, outlines the rationale for a psychological engagement with this phenomenon, and presents the articles in the special thematic section. The general, prefigurative, aim is to advance psychology’s contribution to rethinking and remaking the world as it could be, not only documenting the world as it is.

Land, Christopher and King, Daniel (2014) ‘The question of organization: A manifesto for alternatives.’ ephemera theory & politics in organization, 14 (4). pp. 923-950. ISSN 1473-2866

Abstract: This paper is an attempt to articulate some general principles which might guide anarchist thinking about organized alternatives to market managerialism and might be read as a sort of manifesto for defining ‘the alternative’. That is to say, it describes what we include in our list of useful possibilities, and what to exclude on the grounds that it doesn’t fit with our definition of what counts as sufficiently different from the present. We suggest three principles which we believe that radicals should be guided by – autonomy, solidarity and responsibility – and that we think any reflection on the politics of organizing needs to deal with. We wish to encourage forms of organizing which respect personal autonomy, but within a framework of cooperation , and are attentive to the sorts of futures which they will produce. This is a simple statement to make but it produces some complex outcomes since gaining agreement on any of these ideas is not a simple matter.