Social and Solidarity Economy in Crisis: An Ethnographic Analysis of New Forms of Organizing

  • Researchers: Prof Maria Daskalaki (Southampton Business School) Prof Marianna Fotaki (Warwick Business School)
  • Funding body: British Academy of Management, Transitions 2 Grants Scheme: 2015-2017 (Grant Reference Number: BAMTRANS2_2015_14
  • Project status: Complete

This project studied social and solidarity economy initiatives in response to the Global Financial crisis of 2008. We focused on three social and solidarity economy initiatives, part of a wider landscape of alternatives emerging in crisis-stricken Greece, and explored their capacity to constitute new organizational forms.

The selection of the cases was based on the decision to present a scheme from different solidarity initiatives, for example, health care, social centres, and community currencies. We highlight the transformational capacity of these new forms in contexts of instability and flux, and their ability to create new forms of sociality and active citizenship. The study applied a longitudinal perspective involving multimethod qualitative approaches such as repeated interviews with key participants, ethnographic observations, and digital ethnography of publicly available documents, materials and cultural productions from various relevant web sources. The project contributed to current literature and practice of organizing in crisis and austerity-driven economies by: a) clarifying the concept of solidarity and the expectations, norms and values that shape it; b) identifying the effects of the crisis on social economy and solidarity initiatives and the role that they play in re-building community relations; c) unveiling the processes through which social economy and solidarity initiatives co-produce new organizational forms; d) identifying the ways through which social economy and solidarity initiatives participate or contribute to social transformation in both local and translocal levels.

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Maria Daskalaki
Maria Daskalaki