The International Handbook on Social Innovation Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 29: The linkages between popular education and solidarity economy in Brazil: an historical perspective
We argue that social innovations often emerge due to a specific context and a unique historical path pursued by social actors. The Brazilian experience with popular education and solidarity economy which have inspired a lot of social movements all over the world has its roots in popular movements and a critical and innovative form of education that emerged from the 1950s onwards. It was related to libertarian and socialist movements worldwide, but has found a unique expression whose beneficial effects have materialized in innovative forms of bottom-linked institutionalizing, social learning, knowledge production and collective action. This chapter will apply a historical perspective on social innovation, stressing the importance of path dependency, context and history, in our case the social and political struggles in Pernambuco, a central Brazilian province during the colony, and afterwards in a long process of decline due to its dependency on sugar cane production.
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