Community Economies

Leo Hwang

Contact Details:

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Geosciences

Greenfield Community College, Humanities


PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MFA, Fiction, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, English/Fine Arts, University of the South, Sewanee, TN.

Research Areas:

Economic/Human Geography: Diverse Economies, Community Economies, Creative Economy, Collaboration.

Current Project: Rethinking the Creative Economy: Participatory Action Research with Artists and Artisans in the Greater Franklin County, MA 


Rethinking the Creative Economy: Utilizing Participatory Action Research to Develop the Community Economy of Artists and Artisans

Leo Hwang

The Rethinking the Creative Economy Project utilzed the Community Economies model and a participatory action research methodology to explore non-capitalist practices of artists and artisans in Franklin County, Massachusetts. This article begins a conversation about how to explore economic development of the creative economy in ways that strengthen artists and artisans in a postcapitalist framework.

Hwang, L. 2013. Rethinking the creative economy: utilizing participatory action research to develop the community economy of artists and artisans, Rethinking Marxism. 25(4), 501-517.