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Title: Giving and social transformation
Authors: Elder-Vass, Dave
Keywords: Appropriative practices
Diverse economies
Gift economy
Mode of production
Real utopias
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: ELDER-VASS, D.J., 2014. Giving and social transformation. Journal of Critical Realism, 13 (3), pp.261-285.
Abstract: Giving plays an important role in the contemporary economy, but this has been obscured by the perspectives of both mainstream economics and Marxist political economy. This paper draws on the work of J.K. Gibson-Graham to argue that this stunts our imagination about alternative futures, and on the work of Erik Olin Wright to suggest that gift-oriented economic practices could play a significant part in such futures. The most promising alternative economic futures involve not the replacement of a monolithic capitalism with some other monolithic alternative, but rather a changing mix of already-diverse economic practices. One part of the Marxist tradition that stands in the way of such thinking is its employment of the concept of modes of production, and the paper proposes complexes of appropriative practices as an alternative or supplementary concept.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Critical Realism on 21 Apr 2015, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1476743014Z.00000000030
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1179/1476743014Z.00000000030
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17426
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1476743014Z.00000000030
ISSN: 1476-7430
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