Sociology Research Seminar: Ordinary Provisioning: the challenges and possibilities of everyday third sector provisioning organisations by Dr Helen Holmes
|Dates:||26 April 2017|
|Times:||14:00 - 15:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
You are warmly invited to the April Sociology seminar, given by Helen Holmes, Sociology/SCI.
The seminar will take place on the 26th April, 2-3pm, in Room 5.211, University Place.
The talk is entitled:
Ordinary Provisioning: the challenges and possibilities of everyday third sector provisioning organisations
This paper draws upon two distinct UK case studies to explore the challenges and possibilities of third sector forms of provisioning. Coming at a time of global and also national political and economic uncertainty, these two small and informal based endeavours - one food based, the other clothing - are put forward as examples of the vast array of contemporary alternative forms of consumption and provisioning taking place across the UK. Alternatives which are attempting to challenge inequalities, aid social justice and offer more sustainable forms of consumption. In doing so, I argue that such everyday, often informal, activities are positioned in an increasingly complex landscape of economic formations; incorporating elements of the sharing economy with the circular economy, alongside components of both the moral economy and gift economy. Such formations seemingly challenge inequalities but also inadvertently reproduce them. I conclude that the understated, modest and often domestic structures and spatialities of these endeavours raises questions of their alterity; leading to the conclusion that such spaces are indeed ordinary spaces of consumption and economic life.
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