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 49: Journeys of postdevelopment subjectivity transformation: a shared narrative of scholars from the majority world

Anmeng Liu, S.M. Waliuzzaman, Huong Thi Do, Ririn Haryani and Sonam Pem


Development has been the dominant regime in this globalized world. Recent decades have witnessed a growing concern on the influences of such an overarching development discourse, which unfortunately has also colonized the minds of many from the majority world, making it difficult to think of alternatives. However as emerging researchers from the majority world, the authors have developed a critical perspective towards the dominant development discourse resulting from the systematic exclusion of their traditional values and knowledge. The authors describe how the devaluation of their being has made their academic journey a struggle along with limiting their imagination of potential social change. In this chapter, they share narratives on their embodied journeys of the postdevelopment framework. They are particularly interested in how diverse economies theory has enabled them to recognize the potentials of local, community oriented, and customary practices as a new social order. Further possibilities are thus opened up as the authors are empowered to re-embrace their subjectivities as researchers from the majority world.

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