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11 - Emplacing Sustainability in a Post-Capitalist World

from Part II - The Economy and Environmental Sociology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 November 2020

Katharine Legun
Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Julie C. Keller
University of Rhode Island
Michael Carolan
Colorado State University
Michael M. Bell
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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The concept of a post-capitalist world implies a world after capitalism, but does not suggest a structure for economic negotiations. Rather than waiting for the fall of capitalism, community economies, as theorized by J.K. Gibson-Graham, suggests that economic exchange encompasses a wide array of activities, places, and engagements, and identifies capitalism as only one of many forms of economy. Following that logic, this chapter is based on a particular understanding of post-capitalism as a series of strategies for socio-economic-ecological negotiations. These strategies engage a politics of language, the subject, and collective action. I consider the question: what does sustainability look like in a post-capitalist world? In answer, I consider how these post-capitalist strategies can enhance the concept of emplaced sustainability. The emplacement framework fosters the concept of emplaced sustainability by relating existing case studies to each other in novel ways. This seemingly simple act furthers a politics of language, which supports the remaking of subjects through interdisciplinary scholarship and can also be extended to collective actions and transdiciplinary engagement.

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Print publication year: 2020

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