Re-embedding economies in ecologies: resilience building in more than human communities

Gibson-Graham, J.K., Hill, Ann, and Law, Lisa (2016) Re-embedding economies in ecologies: resilience building in more than human communities. Building Research and Information, 44 (7). pp. 703-716.

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The modern hyper-separation of economy from ecology has severed the ties that people have with environments and species that sustain life. A first step towards strengthening resilience at a human scale involves appreciating, caring for and repairing the longstanding ecological relationships that have supported life over the millennia. The capacity to appreciate these relationships has, however, been diminished by a utilitarian positioning of natural environments by economic science. Ecologists have gone further in capturing the interdependence of economies and ecologies with the concept of socio-ecological resilience. Of concern, however, is the persistence of a vision of an economy ordered by market determinations in which there is no role for ethical negotiation between humans and with the non-human world. This paper reframes economy-ecology relations, resituating humans within ecological communities and resituating non-humans in ethical terms. It advances the idea of community economies (as opposed to capitalist economies) and argues that these must be built if we are to sustain life in the Anthropocene. The argument is illustrated with reference to two construction projects situated in 'Monsoon Asia'.

Item ID: 46110
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1466-4321
Keywords: built environment, climate change, communities, ethical behaviour, ethics, local economy, local resilience, negotiations, resilience
Copyright Information: Published Version: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Author's Accepted Version may be made open access under a CC BY-NC-ND license after a 12 month embargo.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project DP150102285
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 07:42
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440499 Development studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design @ 50%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 25%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8799 Other Construction > 879999 Construction not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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