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 33: Urban land markets in Africa: multiplying possibilities via a diverse economy reading

Colin Marx


This chapter challenges capitalocentric understandings of complexity in African urban land markets. Inspired by a diverse economies perspective, the author builds on widely-accepted elements of land transactions seeking to remain as open as possible to their eventual form or relative position. This affords an opportunity to analyse the diversity of African urban land markets so that the complexity arises from the continual need to configure five different elements in more or less stable arrangements. Together these elements constitute land markets. This approach multiplies possibilities for understanding different logics and operations of urban land markets inherent in these configurations so that interventions can be more supportive of poor women and men’s livelihoods.

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