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 48: Diverse subjectivities, sexualities and economies: challenging hetero- and homonormativity

Gavin Brown

Abstract

Social attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted towards more liberal and tolerant perspectives in many countries over recent decades. Many theorizations of these social changes have linked them to neoliberalism, despite such changes having their origins in older social struggles. This chapter troubles this alignment of neoliberalism with recent advances in legal equalities for LGBTQ people. It points to the diversity of economic relations that exist within and alongside neoliberal agendas and mainstream capitalist forms. A diverse economies approach to sexuality can help rethink sexual politics across specific sexual identity categories and outside of hegemonic neoliberalism. This chapter examines the diverse economies entangled with a digital dating and hook-up app and the solidarity economies which have shaped the rapid adoption of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a preventative treatment against HIV infection. While both cases appear, at first glance, to be saturated by neoliberal and ‘homonormative’ imperatives, the author’s reading queers this analysis.

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