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Dealing with Undeniable Differences in Thessaloniki’s Solidarity Economy of Food

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
Sustainability 2019, 11(8), 2426; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082426
Received: 22 February 2019 / Revised: 1 April 2019 / Accepted: 4 April 2019 / Published: 24 April 2019
In the context of capitalist crisis, a re-emergence of reciprocal economic relationships has been praised by postcapitalist researchers. Self-organised solidarity food economies have indeed brought promise of democratic change. However, this article draws on two years of fieldwork in Thessaloniki to develop Iris Young’s Politics of Difference in order to challenge the view of solidarity economy as wholly a process of collaboration. Thus, the article overturns prevalent myths regarding the cultural ineptitude of Greek actors. In doing so, it highlights the need for food movements to acknowledge the inevitable tensions that arise from structural inequalities. The article argues that overcoming these tensions requires challenging difference-blindness in grassroots democracy. It concludes that an acknowledgement of shifting structural inequalities, exaggerated by the economic crisis, must be incorporated into an initiative’s democratic processes alongside mechanisms for dealing with disharmony. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-organisation; solidarity economy; conflict; difference; economic crisis self-organisation; solidarity economy; conflict; difference; economic crisis
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Buchanan, C. Dealing with Undeniable Differences in Thessaloniki’s Solidarity Economy of Food. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2426. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082426

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Buchanan C. Dealing with Undeniable Differences in Thessaloniki’s Solidarity Economy of Food. Sustainability. 2019; 11(8):2426. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082426

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Buchanan, Christabel. 2019. "Dealing with Undeniable Differences in Thessaloniki’s Solidarity Economy of Food" Sustainability 11, no. 8: 2426. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11082426

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