A Postcapitalist Politics of Dwelling: Ecological Humanities and Community Economies in Conversation

Gerda Roelvink, Katherine Gibson, Julie Graham

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    Introduction: How do we live together with human and non-human others? If our species does not survive the ecological crisis, it will probably be due to our failure to imagine and work out new ways to live with the earth, to rework ourselves and our high energy, high consumption, and hyper-instrumental societies adaptively. We struggle to adjust, because we�re still largely trapped inside the enlightenment tale of progress as human control over a passive and �dead� nature that justifies both colonial conquests and commodity economies. The real threat is not so much global warming itself, which there might still be a chance to head off, as our own inability to see past the post-enlightenment energy, control and consumption extravaganza we so naively identify with the good, civilized life�to a sustainable form of human culture. The time of Homo reflectus, the self-critical and self-revising one, has surely come. Homo faber, the thoughtless tinkerer, is clearly not going to make it. We will go onwards in a different mode of humanity, or not at all. (Plumwood,�Review'). This powerful statement opens Val Plumwood�s review of Deborah Rose�s book Reports from a Wild Country: Ethics for Decolonisation published in the Australian Humanities Review in August last year. We begin this essay with it because we wish to engage with the ideas of Plumwood, Rose and other feminist ecological humanities scholars as we ponder the question of how to live together with human and non-human others.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-158
    JournalAustralian Humanities Review
    Volume46
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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