Making Other Worlds Possible
Performing Diverse Economies
Rethinking economy to produce resilient communities
What exactly constitutes an economy? Making Other Worlds Possible brings together a compelling range of projects inspired by the diverse economies research agenda pioneered by J. K. Gibson-Graham. Firmly establishing diverse economies as a field of research, Making Other Worlds Possible outlines an array of different ways scholars are enacting economies that privilege ethical negotiation and a politics of possibility.
There is no doubt that “economy” is a keyword in contemporary life, yet what constitutes economy is increasingly contested terrain. Interested in building “other worlds,” J. K. Gibson-Graham have argued that the economy is not only diverse but also open to experimentations that foreground the well-being of humans and nonhumans alike. Making Other Worlds Possible brings together a compelling range of projects inspired by the diverse economies research agenda pioneered by Gibson-Graham.
This collection offers perspectives from a wide variety of prominent scholars who put diverse economies into conversation with other contemporary projects that reconfigure the economy as performative. Here, Robert Snyder and Kevin St. Martin explore the emergence of community-supported fisheries; Elizabeth S. Barron documents how active engagements between people, plants, and fungi in the United States and Scotland are examples of highly productive diverse economic practices; and Michel Callon investigates how alternative forms of market organization and practices can be designed and implemented.
Firmly establishing diverse economies as a field of research, Making Other Worlds Possible outlines an array of different ways scholars are enacting economies that privilege ethical negotiation and a politics of possibility. Ultimately, this book contributes to the making of economies that put people and the environment at the forefront of economic decision making.
Contributors: Elizabeth S. Barron, U of Wisconsin–Oshkosh; Amanda Cahill; Michel Callon, École des mines de Paris; Jenny Cameron, U of Newcastle, Australia; Stephen Healy, Worcester State U; Yahya M. Madra, Bogazici U; Deirdre McKay, Keele U; Sarah A. Moore, U of Wisconsin–Madison; Ceren Ŏzselçuk, Bogazici U; Marianna Pavlovskaya, Hunter College, CUNY; Paul Robbins, U of Wisconsin–Madison; Maliha Safri, Drew U; Robert Snyder, Island Institute; Karen Werner, Goddard College.
Introduction: An Economic Politics for Our Times
Kevin St. Martin, Gerda Roelvink, and J. K. Gibson-Graham
1. A Fishery for the Future: The Midcoast Fishermen’s Association and the Work of Economic Being-in-Common
Robert Snyder and Kevin St. Martin
2. Enterprise Innovation and Economic Diversity in Community Supported Agriculture: Sustaining the Agricultural Commons
3. Performing Economies of Care in New England Time Bank and Buddhist Community
4. Biofuels, Ex-felons, and Empower, a Worker-Owned Cooperative: Performing Enterprises Differently
5. Creating Spaces for Communism: Postcapitalist Desire in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Western Massachusetts
Yahya M. Madra and Ceren Özselçuk
6. Nature’s Diverse Economies: Reading Political Ecology for Economic Difference
Sarah A. Moore and Paul Robbins
7. Situating Wild Product Gathering in a Diverse Economy: Negotiating Ethical Interactions with Natural Resources
Elizabeth S. Barron
8. Diverse Economies, Ecologies, and Ethics: Rethinking Rural Transformation in the Philippines
Katherine Gibson, Amanda Cahill, and Deirdre McKay
9. Performing Posthumanist Economies in the Anthropocene
10. International Migration and the Global Household: Performing Diverse Economies on the World Stage
Maliha Safri and Julie Graham
11. Post-Soviet Welfare and Multiple Economies of Households in Moscow
12. The Politics of Mapping Solidarity Economies and Diverse Economies in Brazil and the Northeastern United States
13. How to Design Alternative Markets: The Case of Genetically Modified/Non–Genetically Modified Coexistence