The Hidden Alternative

Co-operative Values, Past, Present and Future

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In light of the recent global economic recession, this publication seeks to challenge the hegemony of the investor led business model in economics and business studies, and needs to be promoted in relation to these debates. The contributions to this book demonstrate that co-operation offers a real and much needed alternative for the organisation of human economic and social affairs, one that should establish its place at the forefront of public and academic discussion and policy making. It includes chapters on education, fair trade, politics and governance, planning, and sustainability and on how co-operatives have coped with the global economic crisis.



Shared visions of co-operation at a time of crisis: The Gung Ho story in China’s anti-Japanese resistance

First set up in 1938, Gung Ho, the movement of Chinese Industrial Co-operatives (CIC), came about at a time of national crisis and within an atmosphere of ferment about the need for social change and economic renewal in China. With Japanese invasion threatening national extinction came the recognition that China’s very survival required a united effort to rebuild the nation. Gung Ho (also ‘Gong He’ which means ‘work together’) in many ways captured this spirit of the times.


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