Making the green economy: politics, desire, and economic possibility

Journal of Political Ecology. 2014;21(1):193-209 DOI 10.2458/v21i1.21132


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Journal Title: Journal of Political Ecology

ISSN: 1073-0451 (Online)

Publisher: University of Arizona Libraries

Society/Institution: University of Arizona

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Environmental sciences | Political science

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian, French, English

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Boone W. Shear (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 17 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The green economy is put forward as an apposite remedy to both economic crisis and ecological devastation. Policy makers, academics, corporate interests and activists are advancing their goals as part of and through the green economy, a discursive terrain full of circulating and competing ideas about, dispositions towards, and desires for the economy. In Massachusetts, broad-based coalitions involving labor, environmentalists and community groups have emerged to capture funding, influence policy and launch their own economic initiatives. This paper explores and compares the activities of two green economy coalitions. I investigate how social actors, including myself, have been negotiating, responding to, and producing the meaning of the green economy, and the meaning of "the economy" writ-large, through our political efforts. I aim to move beyond a project that only critiques capitalism or maps out capitalist hegemony. Instead, taking inspiration and drawing from J.K. Gibson-Graham I look to theorize and amplify non-capitalist initiatives and enterprises. I am particularly interested in thinking about the ways in which the expression of different desires for economy can lead to openings, or closures, for the construction of non-capitalist relationships, initiatives, and enterprises Key words: green economy, economic subjectivity, Gibson-Graham, non-capitalism, fantasy