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Another production is possible: Beyond the capitalist canon

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Edited by Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Verso Books, USA and UK, July 2006

A meticulous examination of new forms of the conflict between capital and labor.

This is the second volume, after Democratizing Democracy, of the collection Reinventing Social Emancipation: Towards New Manifestoes. Here, the author examines alternative models to capitalist development through case studies of collective land management, cooperatives of garbage collectors and women’s agricultural cooperatives. He also analyzes the changing capital-labor conflict of the past two decades and the way labor solidarity is reconstituting itself under new forms from Brazil to Mozambique and South Africa.

Praise for the Reinventing Social Emancipation project:

“At last, someone is putting concrete analysis on ‘counter-hegemonic globalization from the bottom up.’ Boaventura de Sousa Santos has assembled social scientists from Latin America, Africa and Asia to describe another kind of democracy, full of lessons for the benighted countries of the North, where it should be mandatory reading for serious people.” — Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

“In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher declared ‘There is no alternative.’ At the beginning of the 21st century the World Social Forum replied, ‘Another World Is Possible.’ The project, Reinventing Social Emancipation, is a passionate and wide-ranging effort at enriching our vision of that other world.” —Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin

With contributions by Sharit Bhowmik, Horácio Martins de Carvalho, Hermes Augusto Costa, Teresa Cruz e Silva, Gabriele Dietrich, Heinz Klug, Rob Lambert, João Marcos de Almeida Lopes, Zander Navarro, Nalini Nayak, Francisco de Oliveira, Aníbal Quijano, César Rodríguez-Garavito, Paul Singer, Roberto Véras, Peter Waterman, and Edward Webster