Biological Economies: Experimentation and the politics of by Richard Le Heron, Hugh Campbell, Nick Lewis, Michael Carolan

By Richard Le Heron, Hugh Campbell, Nick Lewis, Michael Carolan

Recent agri-food reports, together with commodity structures, the political economic system of agriculture, local improvement, and wider examinations of the agricultural size in fiscal geography and rural sociology were faced by means of 3 demanding situations. those may be summarized as: ‘more than human’ methods to monetary existence; a ‘post-structural political financial system’ of nutrients and agriculture; and demands extra ‘enactive’, performative examine approaches. 

This volume describes the family tree of such ways, drawing at the reflective insights of greater than 5 years of overseas engagement and learn. It demonstrates the types of latest paintings being generated lower than those ways and gives a method for exploring how they need to be all understood as a part of an analogous broader have to evaluation idea and strategies within the learn of meals, agriculture, rural improvement and fiscal geography. This radical collective approach is elaborated as the organic Economies method. The authors escape from conventional different types of study, reconceptualising materialities, and reframing fiscal assemblages as organic economies, in accordance with the suggestion of all study being enactive or performative.

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These parallels animated jointly organised BE–Cardiff special sessions at the IRSA in Lisbon and ESRS in Florence, and underpinned a strong resolve to consolidate the exchanges into this edited volume. The different strands to this work are aligned into a normative project that counterposes the more neoliberalised bio-economy with a more place-based ecological or eco-economy (see Marsden 2013; Marsden and Farioli 2015). The project asks what levels of intentionality, spatial governance, and power relations are implied if we accept the inherent hybridity of human–nature relations, and by whom and for whom.

Michael’s thinking has evolved on this, thanks to the unsettling thought shown by the likes of Gibson-Graham (2006), Lewis (2009a), Le Heron (2009), and Campbell and Rosin (2011) toward convention when it comes to such subjects as social change, markets, and neoliberalism. Too often we confuse criticism, to the point of focusing only on what’s bad and wrong, with gritty realism. There are opportunities for experimentation all around us, what Michael (Carolan 2013b) has called elsewhere ‘difference-power’.

The metaphor reappeared in 2014 in a visioning statement for the ‘Our Land and Water’ National Science Challenge (see Chapter 14). In this latest incarnation, the term was defined as an economy largely dependent on its natural resources and biological heritage. While again not fully embracing the BE group’s conceptualisation, our point here is three-fold: the language and underpinning understandings used to frame the interactions among political actors and shape investment decision making are open to reworking; metaphors can be changed by serendipitous enactive research interventions; and, even if not picked up in full or in a generative spirit, these metaphors can shift future investment streams.

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