Promises of Hegemony: Reflections on the Social Economy and Co-operativism
Distinguished speakers series
Friday, Jan 21, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Dr. Ian MacPherson's lecture was a historical analysis of the social economy and the co-operative movement. He suggested that many of the significant, sometimes intentional and some less deliberate, contributors to democratic economic theory have shaped very divergent models of co-operation in society. Additionally, historic, cultural, and geographic conditions and traditions have also played an important role in shaping co-op models.
Dr. MacPherson is a Professor Emeritus in History at the University of Victoria and is the founding director of the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy. He has written and spoken extensively on co-operatives around the world and was instrumental in the International Co-operative Alliance's adoption of an identity statement for the 21st century. He was also co-director and principle investigator of the Canadian Social Economy Hub, a $15,000,000 research program on the possibilities of the social economy in Canada.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, he first taught in the History Department at the University of Winnipeg from 1968 to 1976. He also served as the founding co-ordinator of the Canadian Studies Programme there. He has been at the University of Victoria since 1976, serving as Chair of the Department of History from 1981 to 1989 and as Dean of Humanities from 1992 to 2000.
- Summary paper: Promises of Hegemony: Reflections on the Social Economy and Cp-operativism.
- Background materials for pre-seminar: Circles, not a Pyramid: Co-operatives, the Social Economy, and the Roles of History.