The Handbook of Diverse Economies
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The Handbook of Diverse Economies

Edited by J. K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski

Economic diversity abounds in a more-than-capitalist world, from worker-recuperated cooperatives and anti-mafia social enterprises to caring labour and the work of Earth Others, from fair trade and social procurement to community land trusts, free universities and Islamic finance. The Handbook of Diverse Economies presents research that inventories economic difference as a prelude to building ethical ways of living on our dangerously degraded planet. With contributing authors from twenty countries, it presents new thinking around subjectivity and methodology as strategies for making other worlds possible.
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Chapter 35: Free universities as academic commons

Esra Erdem

Abstract

As emancipatory spaces of learning, free universities articulate a critical response to the commodification of higher education and the enclosure of knowledge. Grounded in the principles of commons, free universities across the world support alternative forms of educational praxis in terms of access to knowledge, the organization of labour process, structures of collective governance and community building.

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