Community Economies

Theses and Dissertations

Babies Bottoms for a Better World: Modernities, Hygiene and Social Change in Northwest China and Australasia

Kelly Dombroski

This thesis is an in-depth exploration of the transformative potential of nappy-free infant hygiene (among other practices) and hybrid research collectives for social and environmental change that begins in the home.

Dombroski, K. 2013. Babies' Bottoms for a Better World: Modernities, Hygiene and Social Change in Northwest China and Australasia. PhD Thesis. University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Rethinking Economy for Regional Development: Ontology, Performativity and Enabling Frameworks for Participatory Vision and Action

Ethan Miller

This thesis involves three interrelated projects: first, a critique of conventional regional development literature; second, an exploration of the "performativity" of (economic) discourse at both conceptual and material levels; and third, a survey of alternative economic ontologies that might help us to imagine more diverse, ecological, equitable and democratic livelihoods.

 

Miller, Ethan. 2011. Rethinking Economy for Regional Development: Ontology, Performativity and Enabling Frameworks for Participatory Vision and Action. MS Thesis. Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA, USA.

Local Responses to Climate Change: Using the Diverse Economy to Meet Energy Needs

This Honours Thesis uses the Diverse Economies Framework to explore the renewable energy initiatives that are being developed by grassroots groups.

 

Hicks, Jarra. 2009. Local Responses to Climate Change: Using the Diverse Economy to Meet Energy Needs. Hons Thesis, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

CARE IN THE COMMUNITY ECONOMY: TOWARDS AN ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH CARE

Stephen Healy

The politics of health care reform in the US in the United States has focused for 100 years on the question of whether health care is a commodtiy or right:  beyond this political deadlock it is possible to reform care through attention to the conditions under which care is produced as a value and the ethical relation that transpires between care provider and patient.

Ph.D., Geography, University of Massachusetts, 2006 Dissertation: Care in the Community Economy: Toward an Alternative Development of Health Care. Supervisor: Julie Graham

Diverse economies in place: a study of economic subjects and practices in the Wingecarribee Shire of New South Wales

Ann Hill

 

This thesis empirically grounds the diverse economies framework and is an early contribution to post-capitalist thought. Specifically the thesis maps the diverse economic practices of various subjects in the Wingecarribee Shire, a local government area on the rural urban fringe of Sydney, Australia. It challenges a capitalocentric view of the economy instead presenting a diverse regional economic landscape with implications for local government planning.

Hill, A., 2003. Diverse economies in place: a study of economic subjects and practices in the Wingecarribee Shire of New South Wales. Unpublished Hons thesis, School of Resources, Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.