The "failure" of cooperatives in Kyrgyzstan: A postcapitalist critique of a biased narrative

Ottavia Cima

This paper questions a widespread narrative that presents cooperative initiatives as mainly unsuccessful in postsocialist contexts. Taking the example of cooperative promotion in Kyrgyzstan after its independence from the Soviet Union, it highlights how this narrative is part of a broader hegemonic discourse on development and on the economy. The paper advances an alternative, postcapitalist, reading of cooperatives and cooperation in Kyrgyzstan and postsocialist contexts more in general. 

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Cima, O. 2021. "The 'failure' of cooperatives in Kyrgyzstan? A postcapitalist critique of a biased narrative." Geographica Augustana, 33: 29-37.