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 50: Framing essay: diverse economies methodology

Gerda Roelvink


All diverse economies research aims to make new worlds and ways of being possible. Yet diverse economies research includes a wide range of different kinds of projects encompassing a vast geographic area. This chapter considers the distinctive diverse economies methodology that is common to these different projects aiming to make new worlds possible. The author begins by laying out the diverse economies methodology in terms of ethics, transformation, a plurality of methods and place-based research. This methodology has several important implications which are then considered, focusing in particular on our knowledge of economy, the subjectivity of researchers and the kinds of economic intervention that are possible. The chapter concludes by noting some of the challenges likely to shape diverse economies methodology into the future.

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