Katharine McKinnon
Published: April 2011

In this chapter I consider what identification is from a social geography perspective. Drawing on fiedwork with indigenous activists in Thailand I explore what identification is, what it means and how it works. Engaging with a range of social theorists such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Ernesto Laclau, Judith Butler and J.K. Gibson-Graham I discuss the processes through which we are identified in the systems of governance and power that prevail in the contemporary world and what these processes mean both for how we are subjected to the machinations of power in the world and how we may act within and upon them.

Katharine McKinnon
Published: July 2010

This chapter appeared in a volume that brought together work on alternative economic and political forms. My piece is in the section on “Alternative spaces of social enterprise and development" and considers how post-development thinking, such as that present in the work of geographers like J.K. Gibson-Graham or Lakshman Yapa, can support concrete efforts for real change in the world.

Ethan Miller
Published: August 2010

An overview of concepts and strategic organizing practices of the emerging solidarity economy movement.

Kersty Hobson, Ann Hill
Published: May 2010

In this chapter we discuss empirical evidence of communal gardening projects through a 'realist governmentality' approach.

J.K. Gibson-Graham
Published: January 2010

A post-development approach to world-making has arisen from a critique of the idea that development, especially economic development, is yoked to capitalist growth. This approach extends the long tradition of critique that has accompanied the hegemonic rise of a mainstream development project focused on the 'problem" of less developed regions of the world. As we see it, the challenge of post-development is not to give up on development, but to imagine and practice development differently. Thus post-development thinking does not attempt to represent the world as it is, but the world as it could be.

Julie Graham, Janelle Cornwell
Published: December 2009

This chapter explores how Nuestras Raices and the Alliance to Develop Power, two community organizations in Western Massachusetts, are building community economies and unsettling traditional formulas for economic development.

Stephen Healy
Published: January 2009

This article reviews current literature within geography focused on alternative economies, a term that has contradictory effects in a discipline fixated on a realist imagining of the link between 'capitalism" and state through neoliberal governance.

J.K. Gibson-Graham, Gerda Roelvink
Published: January 2009

In this chapter we stage a conversation between two innovative and longstanding projects, (1) the multiphase European-based research project on local social innovation that is represented in this book and (2) the Community Economies project which is engaged in rethinking economy through action research in Australia, the Philippines and the US.

Community Economies Collective, Katherine Gibson
Published: January 2009

Community-based social enterprises offer a new strategy for people-centred local economic development in the majority 'developing' world. In this chapter we recount the stories of four social enterprise experiments that have arisen over the last five years from partnerships between communities, NGOs and municipal governments in the Philippines, and university based researchers from Australia.

Stephen Healy, Julie Graham
Published: May 2008

This chapter explores how the idea of sustainable development might be transformed from an impossible dream (sabotaged at every turn by the force various identified as 'capitalism," 'the market," 'modernization," and 'development") into a realistic and attainable project for organizations and communities.

Karen Werner
Published: March 2008

This paper addresses three topics: an easy-to-understand review of money and complementary currencies

Katherine Gibson, Jenny Cameron
Published: May 2005

This chapter elaborates an economic and social policy responses to build on the skills and ideas of marginalised groups.

Jenny Cameron
Published: May 2005

This chapter introduces the focus group as a method for qualitative social research.

J.K. Gibson-Graham
Published: January 2002

Offers a counter to the common denigration of local economic politics 'in the face of globalization'.