Friederike Habermann

Friederike Habermann (b. 1967) is a German economist and historian with a PhD in political science, as well as an author and an independent academic. She became involved in politics at the beginning of the 1980s and in 1996 took part in the First Intercontinental Meeting against Neoliberalism and for Humanity in Chiapas, Mexico. Habermann is also active in the global resistance movement Peoples Global Action, the story of which is recounted in her book Geschichte wird gemacht. Etappen des Globalen Widerstands (2014).

Dispelling the misunderstanding of these struggles as limited to economics is also the main focus of Habermann’s theoretical work. Her PhD thesis Economic Man and Otherness (Der Homo Oeconomicus und das Andere, 2008) developed the 'subject-based hegemony theory', arguing that identity categories such as “sex” and “race” are re/constructed within the struggle for hegemony, while her book Der unsichtbare Tropenhelm (2013) focused on the interrelation of the re/construction of economic and white privileges.

Three of Habermann’s books deal with alternative approaches to economy: Aus der Not eine andere Welt (2004) explores the alternative economy in Argentina after the financial crisis in 2001; Halbinseln gegen den Strom (2009) describes all kinds of alternative economic projects in the German-speaking world; while her most recent book, Ecommony (2016), stresses the possibility for a global economy based upon the idea of the commons. In all of these texts, Habermann attempts to combine an analysis of transformational processes with a feminist perspective. 

She lives in a commons-based project near Berlin.


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