Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 40, No 1 (2011)

Catholic Worker Economics: Subsistence and Resistance Strategies of Householding

Paul V Stock
Issued Date: 23 Mar 2011


The Catholic Worker employs subsistence and resistance economic strategies to survive, but also protest a capitalist system. Householding, originally a concept developed by Karl Polanyi, illustrates an economic system that allows marginalized organizations to survive within a capitalistic system through innovative techniques such as sharing, pooling of resources and living close to poverty (intentionally or not). The Catholic Worker strategies demonstrate a flexibility and viability made possible by its decentralized structure. Lastly, the Catholic Worker illustrates the viability of householding as an organizational strategy.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v40i1.003


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