The question of empresas recuperadas has existed in Argentina since the end of the 1990s. These are fi rms ‘recovered’ by workers who, in a context of political, social and economic crisis, and faced with the risk of structural unemployment, have opposed the closure of factories and have set in motion a process of recuperación in which the space of a factory and its relationship with the city is transformed and where the workers’ collective reinvents itself as a ‘new’ social organisation. Experiences are generated in this fashion which transform local communities, where the political dimension is closely connected with the dimension of action and collective action. The objective of this paper is to discuss the importance of considering social selforganisation practices in terms of their capacity to generate policies and to reinvent the use of land and the community by generating public effects and by providing adequate answers to solve collective problems.
Keywords: Recovered fi rms; social self-organisation; practices and policies