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Decolonising money: learning from collective struggles for self-determination

Cabaña, Gabriela and Linares, Julio (2022) Decolonising money: learning from collective struggles for self-determination. Sustainability Science, 17 (4). pp. 1159-1170. ISSN 1862-4065

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11625-022-01104-3


As a reflection of our politically engaged research, this paper addresses the multiple challenges of transforming money for the emergence of the Pluriverse, arguing that practical efforts of emancipation and autonomy need to dismantle the colonial nature of our current monetary system: the flip side of the colonial state. On the one hand, we look into Chiloé, a territory marked by long-term relations of colonialism, dependency and extraction, where the arrival of monetised forms of work in extractive industries has meant the destruction of former ways of inhabiting the territory. On the other, we explore the emergence of the Circles project, in Berlin, that aims at creating a basic income from the bottom-up, whereby people in different communities issue money equally and exchange with each other without the need for state cash. More than assuming that money in itself is ‘bad’, we suggest that a recovery of the social and ecological fabric of life could be done through local money systems, designed and managed by the communities themselves, delivered and redistributed as a basic income. Moving to a plural monetary system based on relations of care would lead to a recovery of history as a project of collective self-determination.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors, under exclusive licence to Springer Japan KK, part of Springer Nature.
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 14:09
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 09:00

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