More-than-Human Agency: From the Human Economy to Ecological Livelihoods

Ethan Miller

Many formulations of economy, even those that substantially challenge the narrow confines of market-centered economism, tend to assume a discrete human subject at the center of the action. Whether maximizing, optimizing, making ethical decisions, or just “getting by,” rational or quasi-rational humans enact the economy through their work of making a living—laboring, producing, transacting, saving, investing, and negotiating various forms of care and access. Recent developments in posthumanist and radical ecological thought, however, challenge this image. This chapter unpacks some key implications of these ideas for diverse economies theory, challenging the conceptual, material, and ethical viability of distinguishing between an “economy” and an “environment.” 

Suggested citation

Miller, Ethan. 2020. More-than-Human Agency: From the Human Economy to Ecological Livelihoods. In Gibson-Graham, J.K. and Kelly Dombroski (Eds.) The Handbook of Diverse Economies. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar