Worldwide, there is a search for radical, systemic alternatives to dominant structures of inequity, injustice, and unsustainability which have created multiple global crises. Two recent books are part of this search, providing cases, examples, concepts, and worldviews from across the world. Together they show that ‘another world’, or indeed multiple worlds of justice, are indeed possible. Ashish Kothari will present the two books, and generate a discussion around their main themes. Both books will also be available at the session.
Alternatives in a World of Crisis
Ed by Miriam Lang, Claus-Dieter Konig, and Ada-Charlotte Regelmann (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Brussels, 2018)
This book, the result of a collective effort undertaken by the Global Working Group ‘Beyond Development’, contributes to the urgently needed collective inquiries taking into view new theoretical and political paradigms of social transformation. In six case studies from Nigeria, India, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, and Greece, and one concluding chapter, it seeks to address simultaneously the complex relations between class, race, coloniality, gender, and Nature, as it is precisely their historical entanglements and interdependencies that configure the civilizational bases of the system we face.
Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary
Ed by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria and Alberto Acosta (Authors Upfront and Tulika, Delhi, 2019)
A collection of about 110 brief essays by over 120 authors, that demonstrate the range, depth, and power of systemic alternatives to ‘development’, and to its underlying power structures of capitalism, statism, masculinity, racism, casteism, and anthropocentrism. A brief section deals with critiques of ‘development’ from each continent; a longer section has about 15 essays on mainstream or false solutions that the current system is putting out as a means of maintaining its hegemony; and the longest section of about 90 essays contain concepts, worldviews, and practices from several dozen parts of the world, showcasing systemic, radical alternatives.