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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Cooperatives as Sustainable Livelihood Strategies in Rural Mexico

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

KING ROBIN (1) ; ADLER MARINA A. (1) ; GRIEVES MARGARET (1) ;
(1) University of Maryland, USA

Abstract

The sustainable livelihoods perspective and cooperative movement are rooted in frameworks that value social justice in the form of participatory democracy, distributional equity, and solidarity. Unlike studies of cooperatives that focus mainly on economic efficiency and productivity, we argue that this socio-political dimension of the cooperative projects is crucial for understanding their potential as sustainable livelihoods. This exploratory research examines the experiences of two rural Mexican communities in Guanajuato and Oaxaca, which formed cooperatives as alternative livelihood strategies. Our results show that each community used similar grassroots political culture to develop cooperatives designed to meet local needs.

Les AA. analysent les expériences des coopératives des deux communautés rurales mexicaines vivant dans les Etats de Guanajuato et d’Oaxaca comme stratégies de subsistance. Ils expliquent que la première propose la vente de tomates biologiques au niveau local pour ne pas dépendre des marchés extérieurs et que la seconde propose une coopérative de logement offrant un mode de vie durable. Ils concluent que les projets visant à l’amélioration des modes de vie des communautés rurales sont menacés par les effets des politiques commerciales néolibérales.

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Bulletin of Latin American research / ISSN 1470-9856

Editor : Blackwell , Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1995)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 32, no2 [pp. 163-177]
Published in 2013

Language

Anglais

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1111/j.1470-9856.2012.00796.x

© 2012 The Authors. Bulletin of Latin American Research © 2012 Society for Latin American StudiesTous droits réservés © Prodig - Bibliographie Géographique Internationale (BGI), 2013
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