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 47: Affect and subjectivity: learning to be affected in diverse economies scholarship

Gerda Roelvink


Affect is a powerful force in social life. It works through the body and its capacity to act, which is felt and experienced as emotions. In diverse economies scholarship, affect is seen as a means to disrupt capitalocentrism by bringing about change in economic subjectivity. Delving deeper into this process, this chapter outlines two important theories of affect for diverse economies scholars who are interested in developing and using affect as a technique of economic transformation. It then discusses the theory of learning to be affected and how diverse economies scholars are using this theory to bring about collective subjective change in their research. The author concludes with some thoughts on the important contribution of this work to scholarship on affect more generally, particularly through the elaboration of a transpersonal view of affect which is a central focus throughout this short chapter.

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