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Une économie solidaire peut-elle être féministe ?

Christine Verschuur
Isabelle Guérin
Isabelle Hillenkamp

Solidarités, reproduction et production

Exploring conceptions of the social and solidarity economy: informal financial groups in Kenya

Susan Johnson

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While the term social and solidarity economy (SSE) is now increasingly used, definitions present a spectrum of conceptualisations. These range from those that describe and seek to understand the social dimensions of collective economic activity as non-market activity to those that examine how forms of collective action are a response to the rise of capitalism involving transformations that seek to “resist the growing commodification of social life” (Laville 2010a, 81). This latter definition suggests a notion of economic democratisation as a counter-movement (in the Polanyian sense) re embedding the economy through a political principle. This implies a degree of agency and political intention in the development of these responses which also therefore poses particular challenges for the processes through which equitable gender relations are worked out both within the forms of solidarity economy and the processes through which they are transformed.

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Susan Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath and Director of the Centre for Development Studies. She has a background in economics and agricultural economics and worked in development organisations for eight years before joining academia. She has researched and written extensively in the field of microfinance expanding the analysis in this field to the institutional analysis of local financial markets, in particular examining their social embeddedness. She has undertaken extensive research into microfinance and financial access, particularly focussed on its gender dimensions, the role of informal financial services and the impact of interventions on poverty. She has worked on a number of major impact assessment studies for DFID and the Ford Foundation, and undertaken research on financial access and the development of decentralised financial systems with the Financial Sector Deepening Trust in Kenya.