Take Back the Economy An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities

ISBN-10: 0816676070

ISBN-13: 9780816676071

Edition: 2013

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In the wake of economic crisis on a global scale, more and more people are reconsidering their role in the economy and wondering what they can do to make it work better for humanity and the planet. In this innovative book, J. K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron, and Stephen Healy contribute complex understandings of economics in practical terms: what can we do right now, in our own communities, to make a difference?Full of exercises, thinking tools, and inspiring examples from around the world,Take Back the Economyshows how people can implement small-scale changes in their own lives to create ethical economies. There is no manifesto here, no one prescribed model; rather, readers are encouraged and taught how to take back the economy in ways appropriate for their own communities and context, using what they already have at hand.Take Back the Economydismantles the idea that the economy is separate from us and best comprehended by experts. Instead, the authors demonstrate that the economy is the outcome of the decisions and efforts we make every day. The economy is thus reframed as a space of ethical action—something we can shape and alter according to what is best for the well-being of people and the planet. The book explores what people are already doing to build ethical economies, presenting these deeds as mutual concerns: What is necessary for survival, and what do we do with the surplus produced beyond what will fulfill basic needs? What do we consume, and how do we preserve and replenish the commons—those resources that can be shared to maintain all? And finally, how can we invest in a future worth living in?Suitable for activists and students alike,Take Back the Economywill be of interest to anyone seeking a more just, sustainable, and equitable world.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 5/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Take Back the Economy
Why Now?
Reframing the Economy, Reframing Ourselves
Take Back Work
Surviving Well
Take Back Business
Distributing Surplus
Take Back the Market
Encountering Others
Take Back Property
Commoning
Take Back Finance
Investing in Futures
Any Time, Any Place …
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Index
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