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BEYOND THE CRISIS: ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC PRACTICES IN CATALONIA

Presentation based on a paper prepared for the volume “Aftermath. The cultures of the economic crisis."
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Amalia Cardenas

on 26 February 2016

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Transcript of BEYOND THE CRISIS: ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC PRACTICES IN CATALONIA

Universo de practicas economicas alternativas en Catalunya. 2009-2012
Two Main Findings

1. Engagement in alternative practices is not a marginal movement


2. A set of socio demographic, cultural, and economic factors that predispose people to engage in alternative economic practices.

Note: This diagram illustrates the structure of the alternative economic practices that are most pervasive in Catalonia in 2010-2011. Source: our study.
Percentage of the population of Barcelona that performs the following practices (N=800)
20% of those surveyed have planted vegetables or others goods for self consumption.
Self sufficiency category
35% has repaired their own household appliances
18% has picked up food or useful items found on the streets
Altruistic category
35% has shared the use of objects such as video cameras, household appliances, tools and the like with people who are not family members

34% has lent money without interest rates to people who are not family members
Exchange and cooperation category
24% has engaged in knowledge exchanges

21% has exchanged products, clothes, and other goods without the mediation of money

21% has shared the use of a car with people who are not family members
Joana Conill
jconill@uoc.edu
&
Amalia Cardenas
amaliacardenas@gmail.com

Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Open University of Catalonia (UOC)

BEYOND THE CRISIS: ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC PRACTICES IN CATALONIA
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Homenatge a Catalunya II
Practicas Economicas Alternativas
Escenas de Homenatge a Catalunya II
CULTURA ECONOMICA ALTERNATIVA
Espectro de intensidades
62% of respondents have been negatively impacted by the crisis
Impact of the crisis
Opinions towards capitalism
and
Working less
Contribution to societal change
Un analisis de discurso
9% participate in a food cooperative

7% are active in community gardens

2% are members of ethical or community banks

2% have used social currencies.
Exchange and Cooperation category
El final de la separacion entre trabajo y vida
Superar el miedo
El valor de uso de las cosas
Cooperar, del consumo global al prosumo local
Crear
Ser natural
Aprender a conflictuar
Romper con el patriarcado
Mas alla de la soledad
VALORES DE LA CULTURA ECONOMICA ALTERNATIVA
Una red distribuida caordica
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
YES impact by the crisis

6.5 practices
NO
impact by the crisis

5.9 practices
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Capitalism is bad
7.6 practices
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Yes
Work less
7.0
Capitalism is
good
5.9
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No work less
5.0
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Yes I can contribute
7.1 practices
No I can't contribute
4.6 practices
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Motivations for engaging in practices
To seek solidarity with others
7.2 practices
To save money
5.2 practices
For enjoyment
5.9 practices
(cc) photo by medhead on Flickr
Vamos lentos porque vamos lejos
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