Special Section: Non-capitalist political ecologies, edited by Brian J. Burke and Boone Shear

The biopolitics of community economies in the era of the Anthropocene

Author: Stephen Healy (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

  • The biopolitics of community economies in the era of the Anthropocene

    Special Section: Non-capitalist political ecologies, edited by Brian J. Burke and Boone Shear

    The biopolitics of community economies in the era of the Anthropocene

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Abstract

In a recent essay Michael Hardt gives voice to a widespread discontent with the left-academic project of critique, stemming from its failure to deliver on its emancipatory promises. Scholarship, in geography and many other social science disciplines is dominated by a pre-occupation with charting the intricate connections between neoliberal governance and an expansive capitalism. As Hardt and many others have observed, the process of critical exposure fails to incite a political response from broader publics. As an alternative to the failed politics of critique, Hardt — inspired by Foucault's engagement with the cynics—argues for a practice of militant biopolitics—an autonomous mode of reflecting, thinking and acting together that eschews expert knowledge. In this paper I argue that the pioneering work of Gibson-Graham and scholars inspired by their work can be seen as a form of militant biopolitics. Collaborative and participatory forms of research and working with others, become the basis for engaging with and transforming economies and human interactions with ecologies. Beyond generating critical awareness, this scholarship aims at producing a post-capitalist politics.

Keywords: Gibson-Graham, diverse economies, biopolitics, critique, post-capitalism

How to Cite:

Healy, S., (2014) “The biopolitics of community economies in the era of the Anthropocene”, Journal of Political Ecology 21(1), p.210-221. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/v21i1.21133

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Published on
30 Nov 2014
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