All over the globe, economic inequality is spiralling as environments are being catastrophically damaged. We can’t afford ‘business as usual’, but is another world <i>really</i> possible?
J. K. Gibson-Graham shows that the answer to this question is emphatically ‘yes’. Hope lies, she argues, not in utopian visions or technocratic dreams but in the everyday practices of respectful encounter, fairness, mutuality, care and cooperation that are already shaping economies and communities all over the world. From Seoul to Sydney, from rural villages in Southeast Asia to the suburban fringes of Paris, people are experimenting with finding, producing, transacting, storing, sharing, caring for and sequestering that which supports life. Gibson-Graham examines these community economic practices and explores how they might be connected and coordinated within cities and across the globe in order to provide practical pathways towards living well within a one planet footprint.
<i>The Case for Community Economies</i> will be essential reading for anyone interested in how we can change our economies to ensure we sustain, rather than destroy, our communities, our lives and our planet.