In 2020, some 14 years after her 2006 Progress in Human Geography lecture at the Chicago AAG meetings in which J.K. Gibson-Graham invited others to join the Diverse Economies Research Program, Edward Elgar has published the Handbook of Diverse Economies edited by J.K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski. This volume contains 58 chapters written by 68 scholars and activists from 20 countries. In 2006 Gibson-Graham had already identified a small but growing number of scholars across the social sciences who were theorizing ‘alternative’ economic practices. Today we see a proliferation of researchers working in ways that they hope will make (an)other world possible. In this panel we focus attention on how diverse economies scholars understand conceptualise “care” in their work. Several of the chapters in the handbook explicitly focus on the concept of care-work and care-giving—including the embodied nature of this work, its gendered, racialized and classed dimensions. While this work is very important “care” is also centrally important to understanding the custodial commitments of commoners to the commons that sustain shared-life. Finally, we reflect on how care is required to sustain a hospitable, attentive and generative stance towards academic practice.
|Panelist||Stephen Healy Western Sydney University, Institute for Culture and Society||15|
|Panelist||Heidi Gum West Virginia University||15|
|Panelist||Kelly Dombroski University of Canterbury||15|
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