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SANTANA ECHEAGARAY, María Eugenia. Recreating money in a solidarity economy. Polis [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.29, pp.261-280. ISSN 0718-6568.

One of the movements seeking alternatives to the hegemonic system in the beguining of this millennium is the solidarity economy that, among other proposals, is launching the alternative currency to boost the movement of products and thus an alternative economy that calls for new ethical values such as reciprocity and redistribution of wealth. Alternative money has the potential to go beyond facilitating exchanges between individuals, allows people to support each other from what they do (products and services) and at the same time acquiring membership to conform communities based on trust and solidarity. However, the use of communitary currencies (as it is called the alternative currency in a context of solidarity economy) has not been widespread in Mexico due to several factors, which may be mentioned: the need for people to gain weight to pay bills and debts, lack of supply of commodities to be bought with these coins and, especially, the lack of understanding of many potential users that these coins can make radical changes in the market and thus in current society.

Palabras clave : solidarity economy; community currencies; reciprocity; exchanges; alternative markets.

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