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By J. K. Gibson-Graham

Is there lifestyles after capitalism? during this creatively argued follow-up to their ebook The finish of Capitalism (As We Knew It), J. ok. Gibson-Graham provide already present choices to an international capitalist order and description suggestions for development replacement economies.

A Postcapitalist Politics unearths a prolific panorama of financial diversity—one that isn't completely or predominantly capitalist—and examines the demanding situations and successes of other financial interventions. Gibson-Graham compile political financial system, feminist poststructuralism, and fiscal activism to foreground the moral judgements, in preference to structural imperatives, that build monetary “development” pathways. Marshalling empirical proof from neighborhood fiscal tasks and motion study within the usa, Australia, and Asia, they produce a particular political imaginary with 3 intersecting moments: a politics of language, of the topic, and of collective motion.

within the face of a nearly common feel of hand over to capitalist globalization, this booklet demonstrates that postcapitalist matters, economies, and groups might be fostered. The authors describe a politics of danger that could construct diverse economies in position and over house. They urge us to confront the forces that stand within the approach of financial experimentation and to discover alternative ways of relocating from concept to motion.

J. okay. Gibson-Graham is the pen identify of Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham, feminist financial geographers who paintings, respectively, on the Australian nationwide college in Canberra and the collage of Massachusetts Amherst.

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As a means of getting theory to yield something new, Sedgwick suggests reducing its reach, localizing its purview, practicing a “weak” form of theory that cannot 8 . . Affects and Emotions encompass the present and shut down the future (2003, 134). Little more than description, weak theory couldn’t know that social experiments are already coopted and thus doomed to fail or to reinforce dominance; it couldn’t tell us that the world economy will be transformed by an international revolutionary movement rather than through the disorganized proliferation of local projects.

8 In contemporary left political analysis, the narrative of neoliberalism as global capitalism’s consolidating regulative regime exemplifies strong theory at the cutting edge (Jessop 2003; Peck 2004). 9 To the eye open to emergent practices that are emplacing neoliberalism, attempts to mobilize other economic rationalities that might foster noncapitalist practices are easily dismissed. Strong theory definitively establishes what is, but pays no heed to what it does. While it affords the pleasures of recognition, of capture, of intellectually subduing that one last thing, it offers no relief or exit to a place beyond.

It can share the space of power with other languages without having to “overthrow” them. We have imagined that a language of economic diversity might provide webs of meaning and intimations of possibility that could distinguish and invigorate a new economic politics. In The End of Capitalism, the development of this language was barely begun. In this book, we elaborate our economic language more fully in chapter 3 (“Constructing a Language of Economic Diversity”). In chapter 4 (“The Community Economy”) we develop this language for a politics of (counter-) hegemony that aims to orient economic meaning around a noncapitalist point of identification.

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