In the current context of anthropogenic climate change, growing global inequality and widespread loss of confidence in ‘business as usual’, it would seem that never has the time been riper for women to ‘take back the economy’ and re-centre it upon care for people and other species and repair of the planet. In this lecture Katherine will review strategies developed by J.K. Gibson-Graham and the Community Economies Collective for 1) taking back the economy and 2) building ethically oriented community (not capitalist) economies. I outline how the diverse economies research program draws upon feminist poststructuralist thinking and queer theory to frame the radical heterogeneity of economic practices. Central to this approach is a critique of capitalocentric discourse that subordinates economic difference and renders it incapable of independent dynamism. When the economy is ‘queered’ and the normalized capitalist firm and self-directed entrepreneur are displaced from the centre stage of economic thinking, economic diversity is brought to the fore and the task of building ethical economies becomes an empirical, experimental and political possibility. The Community Economies Collective is interested in increasing and supporting diversity in all areas of the economy—enterprise, labour, transactions, property and finance.  Our action research has been conducted in many contexts where the economy is not serving the survival needs of people or environments. It has focused on trying out new languages of economy, shifting subject positions and developing community based enterprises that draw on a variety of ethically oriented economic relations. In the presentation examples drawn from the diverse economies research program will be used to illustrate the many ways that people and agents are making other worlds possible.

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