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Wars of position: folk-politics, counter-hegemony, and the cooperative movement

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Ephemera: theory & politics in organization

Swansea University Author: Matt Wilson Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Interest in alternative forms of organising has been growing within a number of academic disciplines – inspired largely by the horizontal/prefigurative turn in recent social movement praxis. This prefigurative praxis, however, has been subject to a growing critique from those defending a more vertic...

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Published in: Ephemera: theory & politics in organization
ISSN: 1473-2866
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa63211
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Abstract: Interest in alternative forms of organising has been growing within a number of academic disciplines – inspired largely by the horizontal/prefigurative turn in recent social movement praxis. This prefigurative praxis, however, has been subject to a growing critique from those defending a more vertical form of radical politics; these critics argue that the fragmented world of prefigurative praxis is incapable of developing a coherent counter-hegemonic strategy capable of replacing capitalism. Whilst questioning elements of such critiques, I suggest here that prefigurative social movements have indeed struggled to build on their early successes. Listening to both vertical and horizontal positions, I suggest critical organisation scholars need to consider organisational forms which can address the concerns of each side; as such, I suggest the cooperative movement offers an invaluable tool through which we can develop a counter-hegemonic war of position.
Keywords: prefiguration, horizontal, vertical, counter-hegemony, war of position, the cooperative movement
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences