According to conventional wisdom, money serves the following functions: it is a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and a store of value. However, if we broaden our perspective, we might conceive of money also as a medium of communication, as a means to either change society, or to preserve a community in the sense of “resilience” against outside threat. It is this idea, which the following article wants to further explore, against the background of the newly established regional currencies (Regionalwährungen) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If we are not solely occupied with the financial stability of a currency, but with how a currency can contribute to the stability and cohesion of a community and of society as a whole, then we are well advised to look at accompanying structures, physical and social, which may be subsumed under the notion of “solidarity economy”.
To cite this article: Volkmann, K, (2012) ‘Solidarity economy between a focus on the local and a global view’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 16 (D) 97-105 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2012.016
IJCCR 2012 Volkmann
This paper investigates a special form of a community currency, the German Regiogeld System, which is a private monetary system with a regional validity and a non-profit-agenda. The focus of the sociological study is on how this special money effects actions of consumers. After some general information to the Regiogeld system, it therefore describes why people use this limited and costly form of money at all, how exactly they use it and for what special patterns of usage they adopt the regional money as their own. As a result it can be demonstrated that money is evaluated concerning its functionality and its symbolism. Since Regiogeld attempts to be an efficient monetary system and a moral symbol at once, it develops a structural problem which restricts the Regiogeld’ expansion.
To cite this article: Thiel, C. (2012) ‘Moral Money – The action guiding Impact of Complementary Currencies: A Case Study at the Chiemgauer Regional money’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 16 (D) 91-96 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2012.015
IJCCR 2012 Thiel
In several places in Germany colourful slips of paper replace the Euro as a medium of exchange. These unofficial tenders German Regiogeld, a phenomenon which occurred around 2001 and spread rapidly all over Germany. It appears not only with different names but also in various forms. The article introduces this special complementary currency. It describes briefly – and from a sociological point of view – what it is, how it has originated, the actual status quo and possible future developments. It is based on my 4 year ethnographic research which was done in the context of a sociological dissertation. For this article one of my results is particular important: Regiogeld is a phenomenon which originated in the fusing of different movements, a money-reform-oriented, an esoteric and several regionalization-oriented.
Christian Thiel Volume 15(2011) Special Issue D17-21
IJCCR 2011 Special Issue 04 Thiel
To cite this article: Thiel, C. (2011) ‘Complementary Currencies in Germany: The Regiogeld System’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 15 (D) 17-21 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2011.015
Christian Gelleri Volume 13(2009) B61-75
To cite this article: Gelleri, C. (2009) ‘Chiemgauer Regiomoney: Theory and Practice of a Local Currency’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 13 61-75 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2009.006
The article offers an overview of local and regional exchange systems in Germany. Historic as well as present-day systems are considered. They are analysed within the context of their social environment. The paper also provides an introduction to the German literature about these systems. It will be demonstrated that practical and theoretical developments are closely interlinked.
Rolf F. H. Schroeder Volume 10(2006) A24-42
IJCCR vol 10 (2006) 4 Schroeder
To cite this article: Schroeder, R. (2006) ‘Community Exchange and Trading Systems in Germany’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 10 24-42 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2006.005
Through a case study of the Talente “Tauschring” Hannover (TTH) created in 1995, this paper evaluates the relevance of theoretical reflections on the development of community currencies to practice. Do such theoretical reflections describe the reality of the system and/or do they provide perspectives for its future development? In seeking to answer this question, the intention is to help bridge the gap between practice and theory of local exchange systems.
Rolf F. H. Schroeder Volume 6(2002) 2
IJCCR Vol 6 (2002) 2 Schroeder
To cite this article: Schroeder, R. (2002) ‘Talente Tauschring Hannover (TTH): Experiences of a German LETS and the relevance of theoretical reflections’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 6 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2002.003
Partant de l’histoire des systèmes d’échanges non monétaires en Allemagne et de leurs origines diverses, nous dresserons un portrait des Tauschringe mettant en évidence leur caractéristiques et leur mode fonctionnement. Nous soulignerons également les débats qui les traversent et leur grande capacité d’innovation depuis ces dernières années. Enfin, la question de la relation entre les institutions et les Tauschringe sera traitée afin de souligner outre les difficultés juridiques, la mise en présence de deux modèles de solidarité.
Dorothee Pierret Volume 3(1999) 1
IJCCR Vol 3 (1999) 1 Pierret
To cite this article: Pierret, D. (1999) ‘Cercles d’échanges, cercles vertueux de la solidarité Le cas de l’Allemagne’ International Journal of Community Currency Research 3 <www.ijccr.net> ISSN 1325-9547 http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.1999.003