Social Alternatives

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, 2011

An 'Independent' Political Economy for Australia? Reflections on Unorthodox Political Possibilities
The ALP did not win the 2010 federal election. We now have a minority ALP government supported by (mainly rural) independent MPs. This situation means some unorthodox economic ideas - for long popular in rural communities but unpopular with policy elites...
Designing a Public Conversation Using the World Café Method
Leaders talk about holding large-scale public conversations, but they won't succeed if the methods are unsatisfying for participants, if an authentic conversation occurs at all. In this paper, I present the World Café method, a viable way of involving...
Going Online for Social Change: Techniques, Barriers and Possibilities for Community Groups
Going online can significantly assist a community group to meet its aims. Many open source technologies are designed to embody decentralised and collaborative authorship, facilitating a group's ability to share its message with a much broader authence...
How Scientists Can Protect and Restore Their Reputations
Scientists whose work and reputation come under fire may adopt strategic practices to protect and restore their status and identity. Some of these tactics are illustrated through the case of an Australian scientist who became targeted when he began researching...
Jabiluka Revisited: Negotiating Needs
Traditionally activism has concentrated on making arguments for change aimed at mobilising support and compelling decision-makers to change. Often this is done by appealing to the 'rights' of a disenfranchised party, and by taking direct action causing...
Men and Feminism: Some Challenges and a Partial Response
This article explores the relationship of men to feminism, asking how men can support the feminist movement without compromising its gynocentric nature. It begins by discussing two key challenges men face in engaging with feminism, before suggesting...
Sustainable and Resilient Social Structures for Change: The Organic Movement
The organic food and farming movement has evolved over the past three decades from an alternative movement for social change at the farm and food industry level to one that is professionally formalised in its production standards and in its relationships...
Ten Hail Marys
Howarth K., (2010). Ten Hail Marys. St. Lucia, UQP, ISBN. 978 0 7022 3770 6.The Humanising of History: Kate Howarth's Ten Hail Marys' by Clare Archer-LeanKate Howarth's Ten Hail Marys (University of Queensland Press, 2010) continues a tradition of upsetting...
The Nitty Gritty of Creating Alternative Economies
Amidst widespread concern about 'the economy', this paper explores how academic researchers can contribute to the work underway to create environmentally orientated and socially just economies. We offer the diverse economies framework as a technique...
The Practice and Politics of Leaking
Civic-minded people who encounter what they believe to be corrupt and illegal conduct in the workplace may take it upon themselves to release relevant confidential information. This is done either through an open disclosure, where the identity of the...
The Value of Techniques
Techniques are ways of doing things. There are techniques involved in organising a rally, designing a building and washing the dishes.In promoting social alternatives, the usual focus is on problems, solutions, policies, visions and strategies - with...
The Weeks of Work That Make the Day: Looking at All the Activities in Activism
What you see is often not the full story. Public and up-front work is generally propped up and shaped by a myriad of behind-the-scenes (bts) activities. These activities are likely to have taken considerably more time than the final acknowledged, public...
Wearing the World
Tattooing is the great art of piracyED HARDYThe subject himself is marked off by a single stroke and first he marks himself as a tattooJACQUES LACANFrom childhood my daughter is a hoarder, denying desertion, neglect, lack.She collects matchboxes, postcards,...