Co-construction or prefiguration? The problem of the ‘translation’ of social and solidarity economy practices into policy

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By engaging with the recent experience of Latin American SSE movements, this chapter discusses three ideas. First, that SSE practices by social movements can be seen as tools for the anticipation of alternative reality/ practices, relationships and horizons—in the present. Second, that the integration of SSE practices into state policy requires the institutionalisation of SSE which renders invisible everything that does not fit in the the ‘parameters of legibility’ of the state’s policy territory. As the state seeks to achieve order and stability, policy reforms are the crystallisation in time of ongoing conflicts. Third, an adequate ‘translation’ of SSE into policy begs for a type of co-construction of policy that engages with the emancipatory call of SSE movements, thus constituting a prefigurative translation. By escaping the contours of the given reality prefigurative translation allows to venture with the SSE movements, this ‘prefigurative translation’ is part of the process of ‘organising hope’ by SSSE movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Just and Sustainable Economies
Subtitle of host publicationThe Social and Solidarity Economy North and South
EditorsPeter North, Molly Scott Cato
Place of PublicationBristol, U. K.
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781447327226
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • Co-construction of policy, ,
  • ‘translation’
  • hope
  • Latin America
  • organising
  • prefiguration
  • territory
  • SSE movements
  • the state policy


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