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Co-op, Coop or COOP may refer to

  • chicken coop, a pen or enclosure for birds
  • cooperative ("coop") or co-operative ("co-op"), an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual, social, economic, and cultural benefit
  • Slang for a prison




  • Cooperative education, structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. Also, by extension:
    • a student enrolled in a cooperative education program
    • an employment position for students in a cooperative education program
  • Cooperative gameplay in video games

Cooperative federations[edit]

A co-operative federation or secondary co-operative is a co-operative in which all members are, in turn, co-operatives:



Types of cooperative organizations[edit]

  • Agricultural cooperative, also known as a farmers' co-op, an enterprise or company where farmers pool their resources in certain areas of activity
  • Artist cooperative, an autonomous visual arts organization, enterprise, or association jointly-owned and democratically-controlled by and for the benefit of its artist-members
  • Building cooperative, a cooperative housing corporation where individuals or families work together to directly construct their own homes in a cooperative fashion
  • Consumer cooperative, a cooperative business owned by its customers for their mutual benefit
  • Housing cooperative, a legal entity that owns real estate, as opposed to a condominium
  • Retailers' cooperative, or a secondary or marketing cooperative, an organization which employs economies of scale on behalf of its members to get discounts from manufacturers and to pool marketing
  • Utility cooperative, a public utility that is owned by its customers
  • Worker cooperative, or producer cooperative, an enterprise or company owned and democratically controlled by its worker-owners

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