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David Barkin

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Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

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(2013 - 2016)
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Third World Alternatives for Building Post-capitalist Worlds Blanca Lemus, David Barkin Published: 22 December 2016
Review of Radical Political Economics, doi: 10.1177/0486613416665828
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BOOK-CHAPTER 4 Reads 3 Citations Local Solutions for Environmental Justice David Barkin, Blanca Lemus Published: 24 March 2016
Environmental Governance in Latin America, doi: 10.1007/978-1-137-50572-9_11
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Article 0 Reads 7 Citations Rethinking the Social and Solidarity Society in Light of Community Practice David Barkin, Blanca Lemus Published: 23 September 2014
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su6096432
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Building social alternatives is necessary to resist the destructive impacts of the capitalist organization on well-being, social organization, and the planet. This paper offers an analysis of the ways in which peoples are mobilizing to build organizations and to define social movements to move beyond current crises. The lines for constructing an ecologically sound and social-solidarity society require mechanisms for mutual cooperation based on alternative systems of decision making, as well as for doing work and assuring well-being to every member of the community. These depend on forging a process of solidarity among the members of a society as well as building alliances among communities; to assure the satisfaction of basic needs while also attending the most pressing requirements for physical, social and environmental infrastructure and to assure the conservation and rehabilitation of their ecosystems.
Conference 6 Reads 0 Citations Rethinking the Social and Solidarity Economy in Light of Community Practice David Barkin, Blanca Lemus Published: 31 October 2013
The 3rd World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf3-c001
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Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Understanding Progress: A Heterodox Approach David Barkin, Blanca Lemus Published: 30 January 2013
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su5020417
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This paper examines the possibility of understanding and measuring well-being as a result of “progress” on the basis of today’s dominant epistemological framework. Market criteria distort social values by allowing purchasing power to define priorities, likening luxury goods to basic needs; in the process they reinforce patterns of discrimination against disadvantaged social groups and women, introducing fatal distortions into the analysis. Similarly, because there are no appropriate mechanisms to price natural resources adequately, the market overlooks the consequences of the abuse of natural resources, degrading the quality of life, individually and collectively, or—in the framework of Latin American indigenous groups—foreclosing the possibility of “living well”. We critique the common vision of the official development discourse that places its faith on technological innovations to resolve these problems. The analysis points to the need for new models of social and environmental governance to promote progress, approaches like those suggested in the paper that are inconsistent with public policies currently in place. At present, the social groups forging institutions to assure their own well-being and ecological balance are involved in local processes, often in opposition to the proposals of the political leaders in their countries.