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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Frank Lindenfeld Outstanding Student Paper Award

March 29, 2012
Marty Heyman
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Frank Lindenfeld Outstanding Student Paper Award


The Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) seeks graduate and undergraduate student papers that advocate for more humanistic workplaces. Papers may critically evaluate current forms of economic and workplace organization that repress the potential of people through inequality, bias, discrimination based upon race, gender, sexual orientation, and other bases of exploitation/domination. Papers may also address political and economic changes, initiatives, and policies, which occur away from workplaces, but have significant consequences for conditions of work and workers. Examples include critiques of the global economy, outsourcing, and effects of austerity measures. Paper topics can also address how people resist dehumanizing conditions and create more humanistic alternatives, such as worker owned co-operatives, socially and environmentally responsible businesses, non-profit and/or grass roots activist organizations, and instances where workers and/or unions have organized to win higher wages and/or improved working conditions.

The author of the most outstanding paper will be invited to present her/his work at the annual meetings of AHS and will receive a $250 honorarium to defray travel expenses and a free year of membership in AHS. The winning paper will also be formally reviewed and cultivated for possible publication in the journal of the AHS,

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