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A feminist project of belonging for the Anthropocene

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Abstract:

At the core of J.K. Gibson-Graham's feminist political imaginary is the vision of a decentralized movement that connects globally dispersed subjects and places through webs of signification. We view these subjects and places both as sites of becoming and as opportunities for belonging. But no longer can we see subjects as simply human and places as human-centered. The 'arrival' of the Anthropocene has thrown us onto new terrain. Feminist critiques of hyper-separation are pushing us to move beyond the divisive binaries of human/nonhuman, subject/object, economy/ecology and thinking/acting. The reframing of our living worlds as vast uncontrolled experiments is inspiring us to reposition ourselves as learners, increasingly open to our interconnections with earth others and more willing to intervene in adventurous ways. In this article we begin to think about more-than-human regional development and regional research collectives that have the potential to perform resilient worlds. For us the project of belonging involves both participating in the vast experiment that is the Anthropocene and connecting deeply to specific places and concerns.

Keywords: climate crisis; more than human; regional development; research collective

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2011.535295

Affiliations: Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney, Penrith South, DC NSW, Australia

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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