Solidary Economy, class identity and counter hegemonic struggle: a case study in S. Paulo.
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Ricardo Gaspar Muller
Institute of Americas UCL
Institute of Americas UCL
Adriano Luiz Duarte
Ricardo Gaspar Müller: Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Political Science and Political Sociology Post-graduate Programme; director of Labour Sociology Laboratory (LASTRO), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, Brasil, email@example.com – cf.: www.lastro.ufsc.br – cf. http://ppgsp.posgrad.ufsc.br – cf.: www.ufsc.br Luciana Raimundo: M.As., Political Sociology Post-graduate Programme, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, Brasil, lecturer and researcher at Labour Sociology Laboratory (LASTRO), firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract Solidary Economy, Solidary Financing and counter hegemonic struggle: a case study in S. Paulo. Our research studies the possibilities of Solidary Economy and Financing projects in a case study of Sampaio Union Communitarian Bank and Solano Trindade Popular Agency in São Paulo, Brazil. We scrutiny the strategies of the community, facing the difficulties to access conventional bank services and to get resources from most commercial artistic funding groups, and the impacts of those strategies over everyday life. The research tries to assess the limits of the experience of a communitarian bank and a popular financing agency, and explore such experience concerning the changes in the private and common life of these people, the making of an identity of class and hence the organization of collective actions. We discuss how communitarian banks projects and social currencies might promote financial liquidity, stimulate capital circulation through these poor and peripheral zones increasing local development. As a result of these arguments in this particular context of crisis, two alternatives to such capital crisis are specially focused: reforming the economic policies, so to favour the recovery of the present hegemonic system or forging and operating projects which promote the transition to new social relations. This transition should be a dynamic process of transformation of social relations into a new social being. In this sense, the research conveys aspects of both hegemony and legitimacy crisis of capitalism. Hence these contradictions may open up alternatives: as some groups try to reform capitalism to get more social equality and environment sustainability, other groups stand for revolutionary ways to build up a new society, if capitalist relations should be overcome. Solidary Economy and Financing projects do not overcome alone a capitalist context. Although, practices so oriented contribute to face social and political conditions and, through such experiences, may create new social projects, forging grounds for a new society in a counter hegemonic transition path.