New Book: Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in A Global Era

Title: Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in A Global Era
Item Type: Book
Author: Carl Ratner
Date: 2013
Publisher: Springer Publishers
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From the back cover:

“Human history is largely the story of communities, punctuated by examples of
cooperatives—in fact, our level of cooperative behavior is one of the attributes that makes
us most human. In recent years, however, concepts such as rugged individualism and
social Darwinism have competed against cooperative ideas for supremacy, and today’s
climate of global economic crisis has found these “me-first” concepts wanting.
Now, an important new book posits that current political solutions to acute world
problems are inadequate, and that modern society needs to look to its communal roots for
recovery—and perhaps survival. Cooperation, Community, and Co-ops in a Global Era
argues for a societal paradigm shift and details how such a transformation might be
accomplished. Taking the evolutionary long view, its author demonstrates how
cooperative principles can make a social system not just more efficient and less wasteful
of time and resources, but also more democratic, empowering, and fulfilling for everyone
involved. In making this compelling case, he:
• Explains how humans are hard-wired for cooperation, and identifies its psychological
• Contrasts aspects of cooperative enterprises before and after the Industrial Revolution.
• Provides illustrative examples from European cooperative institutions.
• Analyzes modern social paradoxes such as cooperative individuality.
• Examines the strengths and shortcomings of the modern international cooperative
• Explicates a cooperative social philosophy: its structures, behaviors, and values.
Social and cultural psychologists as well as sociologists will find Cooperation, Community,
and Co-ops in a Global Era worth reading, discussing, and debating.”