The Handbook of Diverse Economies
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The Handbook of Diverse Economies

Edited by J. K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski

Economic diversity abounds in a more-than-capitalist world, from worker-recuperated cooperatives and anti-mafia social enterprises to caring labour and the work of Earth Others, from fair trade and social procurement to community land trusts, free universities and Islamic finance. The Handbook of Diverse Economies presents research that inventories economic difference as a prelude to building ethical ways of living on our dangerously degraded planet. With contributing authors from twenty countries, it presents new thinking around subjectivity and methodology as strategies for making other worlds possible.
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Chapter 21: Framing essay: the diversity of transactions

Gradon Diprose


Diverse economy thinking has contributed to a better understanding of the range of motivations, desires, and practices that shape how people engage in economic transactions. This chapter reviews how transactions affect people’s lives, relationships with other people, and relationships with the non-human world. It explores how ethics, relationships, value, trust and certainty shape how people undertake transactions, and the kinds of economic infrastructure and systems that emerge to both enable and constrain how and what people exchange. The chapter concludes by highlighting future questions around diverse economies, and points to the work community economy scholars are doing to foster more equitable and generative transactions.

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