The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization

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Zed Books, 2007 - Political Science - 338 pages
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'There is no alternative to free market liberalism and managerialism', is the orthodoxy of the twenty-first century. All too often, ordinary people across the world are being told that the problem of organization is already solved, or that it is being solved somewhere else, or that it need not concern them because they have no choices. This dictionary provides those who disagree with the evidence.

Using hundreds of entries and cross-references, it proves that there are many alternatives to the way that we currently organize ourselves. These alternatives could be expressed as fictional utopias, they could be excavated from the past, or they could be described in terms of the contemporary politics of anti-corporate protest, environmentalism, feminism and localism.

Part reference work, part source book, and part polemic, this dictionary provides a rich understanding of the ways in which fiction, history and today's politics provide different ways of thinking about how we can and should organize for the coming century.

 

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Contents

ABBEY OF THELEME
1
AMISH
7
ANTICAPITALISM
13
CONTENTS
14
AUROVILLE
19
BAKUNIN MIKHAIL 23
69
CAPTAIN SWING 38
83
GANDHI
110
JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP 140
201
VOYAGE TO ICARIA 303
202
KALMAR 142
208
PIRATE UTOPIA
212
PORT SUNLIGHT
218
QUAKERS
224
REPUBLIC THE
230
ROBINSON CRUSOE
236

I
115
GRAMEEN BANK
117
THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES 283
122
TRAVELLERS 292
132
GRASSROOTS 119
168
VIA CAMPESINA 302
185
INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY 132
187
VILLAGES 302
196
SADE MARQUIS DE
243
SCOTT BADER COMMONWEALTH
249
SLOW FOOD
255
SOCIAL ECOLOGY
261
ZAK┬T
319
Index
327
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Martin Parker is Professor of Organisation and Culture in the Management Centre at the University of Leicester.

ValÚrie Fournier is Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies in the Management Centre at the University of Leicester.

Patrick Reedy lectures in organizational behaviour and human resource management at the Business School of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Martin Parker is Professor of Organisation and Culture in the Management Centre at the University of Leicester.

ValÚrie Fournier is Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies in the Management Centre at the University of Leicester.

Patrick Reedy lectures in organizational behaviour and human resource management at the Business School of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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