Community economies in Monsoon Asia: Keywords and key reflections

Katherine Gibson, Rini Astuti, Michelle Carnegie, Alanya Chalernphon, Kelly Dombroski, Agnes Ririn Haryani, Ann HILL, Balthasar Kehi, Lisa Law, Isaac Lyne, Andrew McGregor, Katharine Mckinnon, Andrew McWilliam, Fiona Miller, Chanrith Ngin, Darlene Occena-Gutierrez, Lisa Palmer, Pryor Placino, Mercy Rampengan, Wynn Lei Lei ThanNur Isiyana Wianti, Sarah Wright

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A diversity of place‐based community economic practices that enact ethical interdependence has long enabled livelihoods in Monsoon Asia. Managed either democratically or coercively, these culturally inflected practices have survived the rise of a cash economy, albeit in modified form, sometimes being co‐opted to state projects. In the modern development imaginary, these practices have been positioned as ‘traditional’, ‘rural’ and largely superseded. But if we read against the grain of modernisation, a largely hidden geography of community economic practices emerges. This paper introduces the project of documenting keywords of place‐based community economies in Monsoon Asia. It extends Raymond William’s cultural analysis of keywords into a non‐western context and situates this discursive approach within a material semiotic framing. The paper has been collaboratively written with co‐researchers across Southeast Asia and represents an experimental mode of scholarship that aims to advance a post‐development agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Viewpoint
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
EventMonsoon Asia Keywords Workshop - Western Sydney University , Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Sept 201729 Sept 2017


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