Time against Time: Normative Temporalities and the Failure of Community Labour in Local Exchange trading Schemes

Cooper, Davina (2013) Time against Time: Normative Temporalities and the Failure of Community Labour in Local Exchange trading Schemes. Time and Society, 22 (1). pp. 31-54. ISSN 0961-463X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Why did Local Exchange and Trading Schemes (LETS) fail to realise their promise in 1990s Britain? This article argues that a core reason was the inability to make community labour, a concept at the heart of LETS logic, function as a self-perpetuating dynamic, in which community bonding would encourage trade and trade in turn would build community. In exploring reasons for this failure, the article focuses on the centrifugal pull of two contrasting temporalities: community time and labour-market time. And in understanding why these two, normative, temporal orders were unable to combine, cohere or simply to coexist, the article addresses three factors: failure in design; individual member responsibility; and wider temporal pressures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Alternative currency networks; local economics; relationship trading; community time; temporal conflict
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 11:18
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 08:50
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30063 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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