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Coming Down To Earth: Care, Commons, and the Politics of food Sovereignty

Authors: Stephen Healy*, Western Sydney University, Institute for Culture and Society
Topics: Geographic Theory, Social Theory
Keywords: food sovereignty, diverse economies, global warming
Session Type: Paper
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In this paper we seek to think together two places together that are seemingly very disparate: Odisha India and Regional New South Wales in Australia. Both locations are the sites of collective action where people are struggling to secure agrarian livelihoods while contending with the early effects of global warming on the viability of agriculture—subsistence cropping a dairying—under altered climate conditions. Striking differences--distance, affluence and poverty, separate these places locating them—while other things subtend their connection—most notably the constant stream of brown coal leaving the hottest driest continent on the planet to be burned on the South Asia subcontinent. This suggests that these places are bound by the consequences of the Anthropocene, their common-s-based response to this challenge suggests another thread of connection, even the possibility of solidarity. Their particular yet interconnected condition seems a perfect illustration Latour’s ‘terrestrial,’ the third attractor that is at once a place without being “the local,” connected to the making of a world without being global. In considering the possibilities of a trans-terrestrial agrarian response to global warming we find it necessary to connect Latour’s political imaginary of the third attractor to another third: Chakrabarti and Dhar’s concept of the World of the Third. What might it mean to see these two places, people, and their common struggle as both specified by place but also connected?

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