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Economy, Ecommony, CareCommony

Friederike Habermann

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Degrowth Conference Leipzig 2014


care, commons, externalisations, extractivism, commonsbased peerproduction

Abstract: Feminist approaches of reproduction analyze capitalism with the help of an 'iceberg´: under the water remains the care-work; all this together is based on nature/ Pachamama/ commons. This indicates how much the discussions within recent years about ´reproduction´ or ´care´ on the one hand and on the other hand ´commons´ – which is also crucial in the debate about extractivism – overlap. In recent approaches of alternative economic activities principles of a ´commons-based peer production´ can be observed that allow a society which is based on ´buen vivir'. Essentially, there are three: 1. ´Possession instead of property'; 2. ´Share what you can'; and 3. ´Contributing instead of exchanging'. Only this way – by activities taking place needs-oriented and without exchange logic– not only the dilemma of reproductive work (to remain 'below the surface') can be overcome, but also an economy (´Ecommony´ or `CareCommony´) can be reached that makes ´care´ the all-encompassing principle.
Key words: care, commons, externalisations, extractivism, commonsbased peerproduction

This media entry was a contribution to the special session "Beyond development and resource extractivism: Feminist perpectives" at the 4th International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig in 2014.

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