There is an Alternative: Subsistence and Worldwide Resistance to Corporate Globalization

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In this book a group of distinguished authors explodes the defeatist myth that ‘there is no alternative’ to corporate sponsored globalization. Theoreticians and activists from feminist, environmental, anti-imperialist and anti-racist struggles across five continents report on existing community-based initiatives, and demonstrate how we can all defy the creed of corporate globalization.

Inspired by the groundbreaking work of Maria Mies and her colleagues, which culminates in the elaboration of the ‘subsistence perspective’, the book is in three parts, dealing first with the theory of subsistence, then considering globalization as colonization and finally reporting on concrete cases of resistance to globalization in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia and the Pacific. The subsistence perspective emerges as a fertile matrix for creative thinking and action to reclaim our labour, our communities, our environment, our bodies and our lives.

Anyone who refuses to believe that corporate globalization is our inevitable destiny will find this book a solid basis for formulating ideas and implementing strategies for the creation of a future in the image and the interest of the world’s peoples.

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Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen is Director of the Institute of Theory and Practice of Subsistence (ITPS) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. She is a visiting professor at the University for Soil Culture in Vienna, Austria. She has undertaken research in Mexico and Germany, specifically on Sustainable Regional Economics in East Westphalia. Her publications include work on Women's Studies, Peasant Studies, Social Anthropology and the matriarchal community of Juchitan (Mexico).

Nicholas Faraclas is Senior Lecturer (since 1989) in Linguistics at the University of Papua New Guinea. He has a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He teaches and does research in the areas of popular education and theoretical, descriptive and applied linguistics. He is involved in community-based literacy activities in Latin America, Africa and the South Pacific, and works with indigenous organizations in Papua New Guinea, the Soloman Islands, Vanuatu, West Papua, Bougainville and Kanaky (New Caledonia).

Claudia von Werlhof is Professor at the Institute of Political Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria. When lecturing at the University of Bielefeld she undertook field research in Central America and Venezuela on the international division of labour, women, underdevelopment and agriculture. Theoretical work is concerned with feminist theory of society, patriarchy and technology; social movements; and ecofeminism. She is an activist against MAI (Multilateral Agreement in Investment).

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'A book that combines cutting analysis with alternatives and hope... and excellent and inspiring read' --Briarpatch

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