Promoting Social Innovation and Solidarity Through Transformative Processes of Thought and Action

A Lifetime for Social Change – Tribute to Susanne Elsen
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Urban Nothdurfter, Franca Zadra, Andrea Nagy, Claudia Lintner

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2023, 328 p.




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Against the background of current crises and fundamental social questions, this edited volume collects contributions that touch upon aspects of social innovation and eco-social transformation in the fields of social work, education, community development and social and solidarity economy. Their common thread and the volume's overall focus is on transformative and transdisciplinary approaches to research and practice – ways Susanne Elsen has encouraged throughout her career – pointing out her forward-looking contribution not only to social work but far beyond. The volume addresses scholars, students, policy makers, and a broader readership interested in tackling current sustainability challenges by innovating solidarity systems and fostering bottom-up processes of eco-social transformation.


  1. Front matter, Contents
  2. Crossing Borders Without Getting Lost: The Topical Contribution of Susanne Elsen to Social Work and Beyond
    Urban Nothdurfter
  3. Why Bother With Action Research: Let’s Ask Professor Susanne Elsen
    Frank Moulaert
  4. „Wann, wenn nicht jetzt!“ Die Dringlichkeit sozial-ökologischer Gemeinwesenökonomie für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung
    Adelheid Biesecker, Sabine Hofmeister
  5. Konturen eines transformativen Rechts mit Blick auf die Förderung einer Gemeinwohlökonomie
    Frank Schulz-Nieswandt
  6. Soziale Arbeit im Community-Kapitalismus
    Marc-Ansgar Seibel, Friedrich W. Seibel
  7. Rotating Savings and Credit Associations as a Financial Commons: A Case Study of an Ethiopian Equub in Berlin
    Michael Emru Tadesse
  8. Il ruolo dell'economia creativa nelle aree rurali
    Federica Viganò
  9. Agricoltura multifunzionale: la trasformazione eco-sociale in campo
    Alessandra Piccoli, Francesca Uleri, Miriam Zenorini
  10. Die soziale Aufgabe italienischer Genossenschaften im Dienst einer nachhaltigen Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung
    Oscar Kiesswetter
  11. At Home in the World, From School to Community: Potentials and Practices of Place-Based Education
    Cinzia Zadra
  12. Von „vagen Visionen“ und konkreten Veränderungen: Motive und Methoden Sozialer Arbeit für eine andere Entwicklung der Stadt
    Sabine Stövesand
  13. 30 Jahre transnational vernetzte Sozialarbeitsforschung zu Gemeinwesenarbeit, sozialer Ökonomie und ökosozialen Themen
    Aila-Leena Matthies, Ingo Stamm
  14. Partizipative Forschung als kritische Wissensproduktion
    Andrea Nagy
  15. Regime in der internationalen Sozialen Arbeit. Transformationen, disziplinäre Claims und fragile Durchsetzungsfähigkeit
    Günter J. Friesenhahn
  16. New Actors in Multiagency Settings to Address, Redress, and Prevent Severe Labor Exploitation
    Franca Zadra, Cinzia Bragagnolo, Sabrina Scarone
  17. „What Makes Us Belong?“ Building Social Solidarity for Post-crisis Time
    Walter Lorenz
  18. Come la solidarietà si reinventa e si trasforma in tempi di crisi
    Claudia Lintner
  19. Soziale Innovation und transformative Befähigung im „Zeitalter der Krisen“
    Katharina Crepaz


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