n Latin American Report - Global Barter Network : new social and economic relationships within a post development era?

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



This article analyses the practices and guiding ideas of the Global Barter Network in Uruguay as well as in Argentina. The historical background of the Network, how it operates, the reasons that led people to join, the results achieved and the challenges ahead are discussed. This particular experience is then related to the ideas put forward by Post Development theoreticians and the implications for mainstream development discourse are highlighted. The conclusions open a debate with respect to new trends in the development discourse which in actual fact move away from it and offer alternatives of a novel character.

El presente artículo analiza las praácticas y las ideas-fuerza de la Red Global del Trueque en Uruguay y también en Argentina. Discute aspectos relacionados con el surgimiento de la Red, su modo operativo, las razones que motivaron a sus miembros a participar, los resultados alcanzados así como los desafíos a superar. Vincula luego esta experiencia particular con las ideas del Post Desarrollo y analiza las implicancias que tal corriente presenta al discurso tradicional del desarrollo. Las conclusiones abren un debate respecto a nuevas tendencias en el campo del desarrollo que en realidad constituyen una propuesta alternativa a éste.

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