Description - There is an Alternative by Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen
In this volume, a distinguished group of authors explode the myth that there is no alternative to corporate-sponsored globalization. Instead of the ongoing violence, economic insecurity and environmental destruction that characterizes the new millenium, and our frequent sense of hopelessness that there is no other path, they provide living proof that thousands of alternatives already exist. The authors - theoreticians and activists - come from feminist, environmental, anti-imperialist, and anti-racist struggles across a wide swathe of different countries and continents. They put forward and describe both visions and already existing community initiatives that defy the tenets of corporate globalization and demonstrate that we can challenge and move beyond the systems of domination that now pose such a threat to our existence. What unites these diverse and paradigm-shattering stories and essays is the fact that they are all inspired by the groundbreaking work done by Maria Mies and her colleagues that has culminated in the elaboration of what is now called the subsistence perspective.
This emerges not as a monolithic or universal solution to the problems posed by corporate globalization, but rather as a fertile matrix for creative thinking and action to reclaim our labour, our communities, our environment, our bodies, and our lives.
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Author Biography - Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen
Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen is director of the Institute of Theory and Practice of Subsistence (ITPS) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Her publications include work on women's studies, peasant studies, social anthropology and the matriarchal community of Juchitan, Mexico. Nicholas Faraclas is a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of Papua New Guinea. He is involved in community-based literacy activities in Latin America, Africa and the South Pacific, and works with indigenous organizations in Papua New Guinea, the Soloman Islands, Vanuatu, West Papua, Bougainville and Kanaky (New Caledonia). Claudia von Werlhof is professor at the Institute of Political Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria. When lecturing at the University of Bielefeld she undertook field research in Central America and Venezuela on the international division of labour, women, underdevelopment and agriculture.