Meaning of work for people participating in solidary enterprises

Márcia Luíza Pit Dal Magro Maria Chalfin Coutinho About the authors

The meaning of work for people involved in solidarity enterprises is provided through a case study of general services cooperative. Research was developed by semi-structured interviews and field diary, and resulting information analyzed from the perspective of content analysis. Results point towards labor as a means of social acknowledgement or devaluation and as a means of subsistence assumed with other coop people. Meanings of labor are thus related to denotations of cooperativism, with large influence on self-management in entrepreneurship. Solidary economy itself, with its possibilities and limitations in the promotion of social emancipation and work de-alienation, is discussed.

Solidary economy; meaning of work; social emancipation


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