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Solidarity Economy Part III : Key Rights Underlying the Solidarity Economy in Brazil

Article RIOONWATCH Jan 28, 2017

Patrice LOVESSE, January 2017

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Summary :

Solidarity economy enterprises move beyond the « any job is a good job » logic sometimes found in efforts to address labor market exclusion. Instead, these more holistically supportive workspaces can help solidarity economy entrepreneurs move beyond « consumer citizenship » into a deeper participatory citizenship, becoming protagonists.

Participation in the solidarity economy through collective work done in EESs can be an opportunity for all sorts of people, but particularly those who have been systematically shut out from economic opportunity and from many of their rights as citizens. For residents of favelas and other economically disadvantaged communities, for example, educational levels and discrimination may act as barriers to « good jobs. » EESs can be « good jobs, » not only in terms of income-generation and skill-building, but also in terms of being a non-exploitative and flexible workplace; in terms of creating new spaces of social interaction (inside and outside the EES) that can increase security, combat isolation, and foster joy; and in terms of building increased community awareness, engagement, and leadership.