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Title: Civil economy as a path towards sustainability: An empirical investigation
Authors: Nogueira, Carla
Marques, João Filipe
Pinto, Hugo 
Keywords: Civil economy; Commons; Gift economy; Sustainability; Intentional sustainable communities
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Elsevier
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume: 383
Abstract: Contemporary societies face a myriad of challenges that require the modification of patterns, ways of living, being and producing. Although climate change is one of the most glaring problems, it cannot be understood merely by environmental aspects. Many of these challenges are interrelated and have their roots in a set of crystallized structures that are obsolete, namely the economic ones. Contemporary capitalism has been proving its limitations and contribution to less fair, harmonious and sustainable societies. Evidence of this is the policy efforts that many organizations, such as the European Commission, are making to promote environmental transitions, the circular economy, and green innovations. This article argues that the concept of civil economy may be complementary to this green policy agenda for reflecting on current social challenges and emphasize the importance of cultural, environmental, spiritual and economic resources operating together. It pays attention to gift-giving as a form of civil economy, defining a framework inspired by positive sociology. The article uses the case study of “Los Portales”, an intentional sustainable community located in Spain, with around 40 inhabitants and more than 40 years of existence. The study is of ethnographic character and based on in-depth interviews with experts on the economic governance of this community. The results show that the principles of the gift economy were crucial to the success and longevity of the community. They also suggest an agency-centred approach in which individuals should engage activities that promote personal happiness, collective happiness and prosperity.
ISSN: 09596526
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.135486
Rights: openAccess
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