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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 in one volume 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 that 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 ways scholars are enacting economies differently 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: An Economic Politics for Our Times
  2. Kevin St. Martin, Gerda Roelvink, J. K. Gibson-Graham
  3. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. A Fishery for the Future: The Midcoast Fishermen’s Association and the Work of Economic Being-in-Common
  2. Robert Snyder, Kevin St. Martin
  3. pp. 26-52
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  1. 2. Enterprise Innovation and Economic Diversity in Community-Supported Agriculture: Sustaining the Agricultural Commons
  2. Jenny Cameron
  3. pp. 53-71
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  1. 3. Performing Economies of Care in a New England Time Bank and Buddhist Community
  2. Karen Werner
  3. pp. 72-97
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  1. 4. Biofuels, Ex-felons, and Empower, a Worker-Owned Cooperative: Performing Enterprises Differently
  2. Stephen Healy
  3. pp. 98-126
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  1. 5. Creating Spaces for Communism: Postcapitalist Desire in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Western Massachusetts
  2. Yahya M. Madra, Ceren Özselçuk
  3. pp. 127-152
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  1. 6. Nature’s Diverse Economies: Reading Political Ecology for Economic Difference
  2. Sarah A. Moore, Paul Robbins
  3. pp. 153-172
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  1. 7. Situating Wild Product Gathering in a Diverse Economy: Negotiating Ethical Interactions with Natural Resources
  2. Elizabeth S. Barron
  3. pp. 173-193
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  1. 8. Diverse Economies, Ecologies, and Ethics: Rethinking Rural Transformation in the Philippines
  2. Katherine Gibson, Amanda Cahill, Deirdre McKay
  3. pp. 194-224
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  1. 9. Performing Posthumanist Economies in the Anthropocene
  2. Gerda Roelvink
  3. pp. 225-243
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  1. 10. International Migration and the Global Household: Performing Diverse Economies on the World Stage
  2. Maliha Safri, Julie Graham
  3. pp. 244-268
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  1. 11. Post-Soviet Welfare and Multiple Economies of Households in Moscow
  2. Marianna Pavlovskaya
  3. pp. 269-295
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  1. 12. The Politics of Mapping Solidarity Economies and Diverse Economies in Brazil and the Northeastern United States
  2. Maliha Safri
  3. pp. 296-321
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  1. 13. How to Design Alternative Markets: The Case of Genetically Modified/Non–Genetically Modified Coexistence
  2. Michel Callon
  3. pp. 322-348
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 349-354
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 355-362
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