The outset of this thesis is to investigate the utilization of collective organising as a means to counteract the social pathological effects of the current economic crisis in Greece. Through extensive field studies in Athens, four different initiatives are identified in order to exemplify different aspects of collective organising; one solidarity trade cooperative, a cooperative daily newspaper, a common space café and a solidarity structure in the harbor district of Piraeus. The analysis is informed by the conceptual apparatus of Axel Honneth's theory of recognition serving as an overall theoretical framework. Moreover the theoretical constructs of sociologists Richard Sennett, Hartmut Rosa and Guy Standing is introduced to nuance the critical perspectives of contemporary work life. Adopting a stance of normative ethical critique as an analytical approach derived from the theoretical presuppositions, the underlying structural dynamics of social pathologies rooted in the increasingly precarious labour market and the instrumental application of austerity politics serves as the focal point of the analysis. Integral to the epistemology of the study is interpretive and reflexive approach to the empirical material aiming to avoid overly affirmative conclusions. Among the main findings are the potential of collectively organised entities to create alternating spheres of recognition based on more egalitarian and inclusive principles. These alternative graduations of recognition provides for the involved members to a exchange goods and services mutually, serving their fundamental needs in a dignified way, while providing for their general level of social esteem. Across the initiatives in question, the ability to create stable social relationships and ownership, contrary to the fluctous social reality of post-modernity is also emphasized. Derived from the practice of all initiatives, a general critique of the mainstream economic conceptions of work is questioned, calling for a more inclusive understanding of contribution to underpin the just possability of recognition in an increasingly precarious labour market.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor|
- Økonomisk krise
- Kritisk teori