Social and Health Care

Books and Book Chapters

Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital

by John Restakis (published in 2010 by New Society Publishers)

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This book, partially based on BALTA supported research, explores how co-operative models for economic and social development can create a more equitable, just and humane future. With over 800 million members in 85 countries and a long history of linking economics to social values, the co-operative movement is the most powerful grassroots movement in the world. Its future as an alternative to corporate capitalism is explored through a wide range of real-world examples.

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Human Services and the Caring Society

by John Restakis (published in 2016 in 2016 in Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability, Athabasca University Press)

This chapter explores how the organizational and institutional set-up of human services either helps or hinders the production of services that embody caring interpersonal relationships as opposed to interaction between persons and impersonal systems. The chapter takes the perspective that sustainability with respect to human services relates to their capacity to provide social care in a manner that embodies care as an exchange of empathetic human relations and that contributes to the transformative role of democracy in human services. Unlike the capital economy, which, in the production and consumption of material goods,depletes the natural and social capital upon which it rests, the social economy is characterized by activities that expand and replenish the social capital that sustains it. The chapter also examines the relative strength of different models for the provision of social care in terms of their potential to transform and strengthen the social economy and social care itself.

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