The Pervasive Nature of Heterodox Economic Spaces at a Time of Neoliberal Crisis: Towards a 'Postneoliberal' Anarchist Future

Antipode, Vol. 44, No. 5, 2012, pp. 1625-1644.

20 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2015

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Richard White

Sheffield Hallam University - Faculty of Development and Society

Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Re-reading the economic landscape of the western world as a largely noncapitalist landscape composed of economic plurality, this paper demonstrates how economic relations in contemporary western society are often embedded in noncommodified practices such as mutual aid, reciprocity, co-operation and inclusion. By highlighting how the long-overlooked lived practices in the contemporary world of production, consumption and exchange are heavily grounded in the very types and essences of non-capitalist economic relations that have long been proposed by anarchistic visions of employment and organization, this paper displays that such visions are far from utopian: they are embedded firmly in the present. Through focusing on the pervasive nature of heterodox economic spaces in the UK in particular, some ideas about how to develop an anarchist future of work and organization will be proposed. The outcome is to begin to engage in the demonstrative construction of a future based on mutualism and autonomous modes of organization and representation.

Keywords: anarchist geographies, heterodox economics, crisis, postneoliberalism

JEL Classification: H26, J46, K42, O17

Suggested Citation

White, Richard and Williams, Colin, The Pervasive Nature of Heterodox Economic Spaces at a Time of Neoliberal Crisis: Towards a 'Postneoliberal' Anarchist Future (2012). Antipode, Vol. 44, No. 5, 2012, pp. 1625-1644., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706147

Richard White

Sheffield Hallam University - Faculty of Development and Society ( email )

United Kingdom

Colin Williams (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield - School of Management ( email )

15 Conduit Road
Sheffield, S10 1FL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/staff/williams/index

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