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date: 17 October 2019

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Although globalization has many facets, a key marker is the increasing domination of market relations over other kinds of social relations. This phenomenon has created an increased interest in alternative forms of economic development more consistent with community values, as well as an increased attention to the nature and importance of social relationships in themselves and as preconditions for economic success. This chapter provides numerous examples of the role that social economy and, in particular, co-operatives play in developing and sustaining communities in Canada, by building and strengthening physical, personal, and social infrastructures in remote, rural, and indigenous areas, as well as in urban settings.

Keywords: developing communities, sustaining communities, Canada, co-operatives, social economy, indigenous

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