Social Economics and the Solidarity City

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Social Economics and the Solidarity City explores the impact and potential of the social economy as a site of urban struggle, political mobilization and community organization. The search for alternatives to the neoliberal logic governing many contemporary cities has focused on broad and ill-defined political, social and environmental movements. These alternatives fail to connect with the lived realities of the city or to change the lives of those exploited in market restructuring. This book seeks to understand the capacity of the social economy to revitalize urban ethics, local practices and tangible political alterity. Providing a critical account of the social economy and its place in urban and state restructuring, the book draws on a range of international cases to argue that the social economy can be made into a political transformative space. Evaluating community enterprises, social finance, and solidarity economics, author Brendan Murtagh maps the possibilities, contradictions and tactics of moving the rhetoric of the just city into local and global action.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages191
ISBN (Electronic)9781315650579
ISBN (Print)9781138122215
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2019


  • Social economics
  • social enterprise
  • solidarity
  • social finance
  • Neoliberalism


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