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Cooperation, Community, and Co-Ops in a Global Era

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  • Analysis of attempts to practice cooperation
  • Guide for organizations to effectively promote cooperative behavior
  • Presents a model for transforming behavior by reconstructing its cultural basis
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Part of the book series: International and Cultural Psychology (ICUP)

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Globalization pressures have made cooperation on a global scale both necessary and possible. But cooperation is not easy in a world dominated by individual, cultural, and national selfish interests. The opposition to cooperation means that cooperation is not natural, but must be instituted through an intellectual and social struggle against countervailing forces. This book discusses issues that are necessary to describe the nature of cooperation and how it can be promoted as a social and ethical ideal amidst a sea of competing interests. Dr. Ratner uses the framework of cooperativism, that is the system of social institutions, social philosophy, cultural psychology and politics that promotes cooperation, as a starting point. Elements of cooperativism are derived from a rigorous analysis of various sources, including the needs of tendencies of human culture and human psychology.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)


From the reviews:

“Ratner (Institute for Cultural Research and Education) proposes that the solutions to the world problems lie within the communal roots of cooperative behaviors. He argues for a social paradigm shift, positioning cooperation as a broad praxis rooted in various social sciences. … Ratner’s book is educational and stimulating. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (I. I. Katzarska-Miller, Choice, Vol. 50 (9), May, 2013)

Authors and Affiliations

  • and Education, Institute for Cultural Research, Trinidad, USA

    Carl Ratner

About the author

Dr. Ratner is a renowned cultural experience who has made original contributions to the field of cultural psychology. He has published 6 books in the field (three by Springer) along with numerous articles. He has travelled extensively internationally, having lived in China for two years, and 5 months in India at the prestigious Nehru University in New Delhi.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cooperation, Community, and Co-Ops in a Global Era

  • Authors: Carl Ratner

  • Series Title: International and Cultural Psychology

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  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-5824-1Published: 16 November 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4899-9202-4Published: 13 December 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4614-5825-8Published: 15 November 2012

  • Series ISSN: 1571-5507

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-7984

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 230

  • Topics: Cross Cultural Psychology

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