Book Review: Social and Solidarity Economy beyond the Fringe

The  collected  volume  edited  by  Peter  Utting  with  chapters  by  Suzanne  Bergeron,  Stephen  Healy,  Carina  Millstone,  Bénédicte  Fonteneau,  Georgina  Gómez,  Marguerite  Mendell,  Paul Nelson,  John-Justin  McMurtry,  Cecilia  Rossel,  Abhijit  Ghosh,  Ananya  Mukherjee-Reed,  Jean-Louis  Laville,  Justine  Nannyonjo,  Bina  Agarwal,  Béatrice  Alain,  Cristina  Grasseni,  Francesca  Forno, Silvana Signori, Darryl Reed, Roldan Muradian, José Luis Coraggio and Milford Bateman critically  analyses  the  vast  and  diversified  field  of  action  of  the  social  and  solidarity  economy,  paying particular attention to its determinants and challenges. Unlike other contributions, the book  has  the  merit  of  adopting  a  non-ideological  approach  intended  to  evidence  the  tensions  and contradictions inherent in the growth and expansion of the social and solidarity economy. It is consequently essential reading for those interested in understanding the bottom-up dynamics driven by groups of citizens concerned to promote a more inclusive and democratic economy. The book is therefore addressed to a plurality of readers, including practitioners in the field of international cooperation, researchers, activists, and policymakers.

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