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1 Towards a global history of consumer co-operation Mary Hilson, UCL Silke Neunsinger, ARAB co-op/

2 Regions covered by expert Geographical scope of the project

3 Participants (Stockholm, May 2012) Nikola Balnave Patrizia Battilani Susan Fitzpatrick Behrens Bhaswati Bhattacharya Natalia Burnasheva Eric Calderwood María Eugenia Castelao Caruana Suleman Chambo Kay Wah Chan Keri Davies Bernard Degen Espen Ekberg Dulce Freire Katarina Friberg Rekha Ramesh Gaonkar Esther Gicheru Geert van Goethem Mary Ip Florian Jagschitz Hyungmi Kim Akira Kurimoto Simon Lambersens Catherine LeGrand Marcel van der Linden Ian MacPherson Francisco José Medina-Albaladejo Alain Mélo Tito Menzani Jessica Gordon Nembhard Sigismundo Bialoskorski Neto Tony O’Rourke Greg Patmore Joana Dias Pereira Michael Prinz Rita Rhodes Robert Schediwy Linda Shaw Suroto Griselda Verbeke Rachael Vorberg-Rugh Mirta Vuotto

4 Main questions 1) Why do people form co-operatives? 2) Co-operation as a global phenomenon: connections and entanglements 3) Diversity in time and space

5 1) What is consumer co- operation? Elanto bee, Helsinki

6 Beyond Rochdale

7 Consumer co-operation as budget-pooling “several individuals or households pay into a joint fund, used to purchase goods for subsequent distribution among these individuals or households” (van der Linden 2008: 133)

8 The co-operative grocery store Picture: Finnish Labour Archives, Helsinki

9 2) Co-operative history in relation to global history 1.Late C19th spread of co-operative ideas s-1960s state involvement s-1990s liberalisation and increased competition co-operative renaissance?

10 3) Entanglements and connections: transnational co-operative exchange

11 1) Migration of people... Charles Gide, Toyohiko Kagawa, Emmy Freundlich, (picture Austrian National Library)

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13 2)... and movement of goods

14 3) States and empires a)Legacies of co-operative history: tools of the state or sites of resistance? b)Neo-colonial influences, e.g. churches, overseas aid?

15 4) International organisations

16 The challenges of global history 1)Methodological nationalism 2)Euro-centrism

17 An emancipatory global co-operative studies? “a post-capitalist, post-liberal (and post- state-socialist) understanding of democracy, production, rights and knowledges, a liberated cyberspace and a new global solidarity.” Peter Waterman, “ An emancipatory global labour studies is necessary! On rethinking the global labour movement in the hour of furnaces”, International Institute of Social History research Paper 49 (2012), pp


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