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 34: A Slow Food commons: cultivating conviviality across a range of property forms

Melissa Kennedy

Abstract

This chapter explores the relationship between property and food in identifying food commons. Applying a diverse economies framing, this chapter considers how food commons can be amplified through a range of property forms, providing an alternative to the commoditization of food and its inputs such as natural resources. This chapter presents research with a Slow Food convivium in Mildura, Australia, a global commodity producing area experiencing threats to the viability of its water source, the Murray River. Drawing upon ethnographic and participatory mapping insights, this chapter considers how a food commons is evoked through Slow Food practices. The chapter discusses how Slow Food Mildura is inspiring convivial relations with resources through culture and enabling a diverse economy to grow alongside a corporatized agricultural landscape. Findings suggest how material (food/resource) and immaterial (knowledge/culture) commons are reciprocally activated through the sharing of multiple forms of property and foster new socialities with food.

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