Explorations in Heterotopia: Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS) and the Micropolitics of Money and Livelihood

@article{North1999ExplorationsIH,
  title={Explorations in Heterotopia: Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS) and the Micropolitics of Money and Livelihood},
  author={Peter North},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  year={1999},
  volume={17},
  pages={69 - 86}
}
  • P. North
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
In this paper I examine the politics behind the establishment of Local Exchange Trading Schemes or LETS. By deploying concepts of the ‘heterotopia’ and of ‘micropolities’, I examine the extent to which advocates of LETS as a resistant space have developed a micropolitical tool that enables the realisation of resistant conceptions of money and exchange, of livelihood, community, and cooperation. A fourfold conception of the heterotopia is developed to examine, first, the multiplicity of… Expand
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