Teaching resources for utopia and alternatives

Last updated, 1 Jul 2015

Scholarly Resources

Akerlof , G (1982). Labour Contracts as Partial gift Exchange. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 97(4), 543-569.

Arvidsson, A. (2013). Thinking beyond neo-liberalism: A response to Detlev Zwick. Ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 13(2), 407-412.

Arvidsson, A., & Peitersen, N. (2013). The ethical economy: Rebuilding value after the crisis. Columbia University Press.

Atzeni, M. (2012). An Introduction to Theoretical Issues. Alternative Work Organizations, 1.

Bellah, E. R. N., Madsen, R., Sullivan, W. M., Swidler, A., & Tipton, S. M. (2007). Habits of the heart: Individualism and commitment in American life. Univ of California Press.

Bellah, R. N. (1992). The good society. Vintage.

Berger, P. L. (1987). The capitalist revolution: Fifty propositions about prosperity, equality, and liberty. Aldershot: Gower.

Cheney, G., Santa Cruz, I., Peredo, A. M., & Nazareno, E. (2014). Worker cooperatives as an organizational alternative: Challenges, achievements and promise in business governance and ownership. Organization, 21(5), 591-603.

Dana, L. P. (2007). International handbook of research on indigenous entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing

de Sousa Santos, B. (2004). The world social forum: toward a counter-hegemonic globalisation (part I). In World Social Forum: Challenging Empires.

Fanon, F. (1965). The wretched of the earth. Grove Press.

Fanon, F. (1967). A dying colonialism. Grove Press.

Fanon, F. (2008). Black skin, white masks. Grove press.

Fournier, V. (2008) Escaping from the economy: the politics of degrowth. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 28(11/12): 528-545.

Fried, G. F. & Wolff, R. D. (1994) Modern Ancients: Self-Employed Truckers. Rethinking Marxism 7(4), 103-115.

Gibson-Graham, J. K. (1996a). “The” End of Capitalism (as We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press.

Gibson-Graham, J. K. (1996b). Queer(y)ing Capitalist Organization. Organization, 3(4): 541-545.

Gibson-Graham, J. K. (2003) Enabling Ethical Economies: Cooperativism and Class. Critical Sociology, 29 (2)123-161

Gibson-Graham, J. K. (2008) Diverse economies: performative practices for `other worlds'. Progress in Human Geography, 32(5): 613-632

Gibson-Graham, J. K. (2006). A postcapitalist politics. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press.

Gibson-Graham, J. K., Cameron, J., & Healy, S. (2013). Take back the economy: an ethical guide for transforming our communities. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press.

Gorbis, M. (2013). The Nature of the Future. Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. New York, NY: Free Press. (Website http://www.iftf.org/natureofthefuture/)

Healy, S. (2009). Economies, alternative. In Kitchin R., Thrift N. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Vol. 3, pp. 338-344. Oxford: Elsevier.

Korten, D. C. (2015). Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

Kropotkin, P. (1910). Anarchism. The Encyclopaedia Britannica. Available here https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/kropotkin-peter/1910/britanni...

Kropotkin, P. (1989). Memoirs of a Revolutionist. Black Rose Books Ltd.

Kropotkin, P. (1990). The conquest of bread. Black Rose Books Ltd.

Kropotkin, P. (2012). Mutual aid: A factor of evolution. Courier Corporation.

Laidler, H. W. (1932). The road ahead: a primer of capitalism and socialism. New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell.

Lee, M. (2016). The Nature of Human Resource Development. An Autoethnographical Exploration of Becoming. Routledge  [Ch. 8: The Future Self: heroes, symbiosis, choice and the story in particular].

Levitas, R. (2013). Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society. Palgrave Macmillan.

Marx, K., & Engels, F. (2002). The communist manifesto. Penguin.

Nozick, R. (1974). Anarchy, state, and utopia. Basic books.

Offer, A. (1997). Between the gift and the market: the economy of regard. The Economic history review 50 (3), 450-476.

Parker, M. (Ed.) (2002). Utopia and Organization. Wiley-Blackwell.

Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V., & Land, C. (Eds.). (2014). The Routledge companion to alternative organization. London: Routledge.

Parker, M., Fournier, V., & Reedy, P. (2007). The Dictionary of Alternatives: Utopianism and Organization. London: Zed Books.

Polanyi, K. (1944). The Great Transformation: The political and economic origins of our time. Beacon Press.

Proudhon, P. J. (1969). Selected writings of Pierre-Joseph proudhon. Anchor Books.

Proudhon, P. J. (2013). General idea of the revolution in the nineteenth century. Courier Corporation.

Proudhon, P. J., & Langlois, A. J. (1876). What is property?: an inquiry into the principle of right and of government. BR Tucker.

Rifkin, J. (2014). The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ruppert, P. (1986). Reader in a Strange Land: The Activity of Reading Literary Utopias. University of Georgia Press.

Simons, T., & Ingram, P. (2000). The kibbutz for organizational behavior.Research in Organizational Behavior22, 283-343.

Van der Veen, M.  (2001) Rethinking Commodification and Prostitution: An effort at Peacemaking in the Battles over Prostitution’, Rethinking Marxism, 13(2), 30-51

Wolff, R. D. (2012). Democracy at work: A cure for capitalism. Chicago, IL: Haymarket books.

Wright, E. O. (2012). Transforming Capitalism through Real Utopias. American Sociological Review, 78(1), 1–25. doi:10.1177/0003122412468882



Bellamy, E. (1888). Looking backward 2000-1887. Houghton Mifflin

Campanella, T. (2007). The city of the sun. Cosimo, Inc..

Le Guin U. K. (1974). The Dispossessed. Harper & Row. 

Le Guin, U. K. (2012). The left hand of darkness. Hachette UK.

More, T. (1869) Utopia. A. Murray & son.

Orwell, G. (2006). 1984. Editions Underbahn Ltd.

Rand, A. (1994). The Fountainhead. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Rhinehart, L. (1998). Dice Man. Penguin.

Steinbeck, J. (2006). The Grapes of Wrath. London: Penguin.

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Related websites and examples of practice

Utopia – British Library

Bruce Schneier at TED

About Catalan Integral Cooperatives

Democracy at Work

Inter States: A Prospective Novel of Our Future
Charles Eisenstein – Sacred Economics

Take Back the Economy
Community Economies Collective and Research Network
Sherry Turkle at TED

A blog post about Working Papers for a New Society


Other suggestions for teaching purposes

Books of Octavia E. Butler

Books of David Wood

Books of Ursula K. Le Guin

Novels and films of Nevil Shute

Materials from classic social anthropological and ethnographic field research like the Kwakiutl, the Nuer, Azande, Village on the Border, Talley's Corner, Coal is our Life, Street Corner Society etc.

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