Care-full Community Economies

Kelly Dombroski, Stephen A. Healy, Katharine Mckinnon

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This chapter explores some of the common threads between Feminist Political Ecology (FPE) and Community Economies scholarship, highlighting the centrality of care work—women’s care work in particular—in the intellectual and empirical heritage of Community Economies Collective (CEC). It argues that an ethic of care has always been central to Community Economies thinking. Where political ecology focuses on the interrelationships between social, political and economic factors in shaping environmental change, feminist political ecology is widely understood as placing gender at the centre of the analysis. The gendered nature of much of this care work is crucial, and at the same time, Community Economies scholarship is arguing that the explicit acknowledgment of a broader understanding of ‘who cares’ is also important. A community economy is now being envisioned as something that incorporates a complex ecology in which human livelihoods, planetary well-being and care for the more-than-human are understood as interconnected and mutually dependent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFeminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care
Subtitle of host publicationIn Search of Economic Alternatives
EditorsChristine Bauhardt, Wendy Harcourt
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315648743
ISBN (Print)9781138123663
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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