Social diversity and the sustainability of community economies
Perkins, Patricia E. (Ellie)
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Economic restructuring related to globalization is producing a bifurcation in economic activity throughout the OECD countries: a split between those workers/industries/areas which are competitive in the global market, and those which are being phased out. Partly in response, community economies -- which use local resources and labour to produce locally-needed goods and services -- are growing rapidly in some parts of North America and Europe. This paper discusses the relationship between these two macro trends, describing some typical institutions and characteristics of community economies and the requisites for their sustainability. The implications of this development in terms of the environmental impacts of economic change, meaning and value of social diversity, gender issues and educational needs, receive particular focus.
Citation“Social diversity and the sustainability of community economies.” In T. Schroyer (ed.), A World that Works: Building Blocks for a Just and Sustainable Society. New York: The Bootstrap Press, pp. 247-259.
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