Ames promotes the history, culture and values of cooperatives through its specific historical research activity and editorial production. Its visitors are above all scholars, researchers and university students.
How we promote cooperatives’ values and culture
AMES, the «Association for the Study of mutualism and social economy» is a cultural association founded in 1998 with the purpose of studying institutional mutualism, social economy (both in historical and contemporary terms) and the spread of co-operative principles throughout history. AMES is interested in those associations which in the 19th and 20th centuries, through their knowledge of the past, their ideals and their principles of co-operation had and still have an important value. Our aim is to study and research how cultural stimuli must be transmitted, how to keep alive those great ideals and values which guaranteed true civil achievements. AMES mainly consists of the following components: 1) a library specialized in the economic, political and social history of the labour movement (especially mutualism and co-operation), contemporary history, history and economy of the territory. It currently consists of about 1400 volumes dedicated to these topics; 2) a long series of publications on issues related to their institutional purpose, whose 10th volume was recently published: a critical edition of the former President of the Italian Republic Sandro Pertini’s dissertation “About Co-operation” (Florence, 1924).
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