CAS200Y1-Week5 Reading summary.docx

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University of Toronto St. George
Contemporary Asian Studies
Damian Dupuy

The summary of: “APostcapitalist Politics of Dwelling: Ecological Humanities and Community Economies in Conversation” According to the article written by Roelvink & Gibson-Graham (2009), the major problem confronted by our society was found to be associated with the continuous dispute between nature and economic growth, mainly triggered by current societal trend to believe in infinite economic development while disregarding the costly expenses from negative externalities: environmental degradation, unethical choices, and underestimated inter- connectedness feature within the chain of development.Along the article, many post humanistic thinking and theories from concerned professionals including: Val Plumwood, Gibson-Graham, and Jane Jacob were well-illustrated to increase public awareness against the intensive prioritization of economic development. For example, Gibson-Graham’s theory of “being-in- common” illustrates the need to reduce the current attention invested towards mere economic development, but rather to well-distribute those attentions towards determining necessity, controlling of the surpluses, and analyzing human consumption to protect the “commons”. In addition, Jane Jacob also asserted that current pace of human development should recognize its impact on surrounding natural systems as inter-connectedness feature of development cycle should maintain sustainability in order to promote long-term development. The main idea illustrated in this article, which is “community economy”, was based on strong belief that remediate actions should be taken against the problems presented above, and most effective way of determining what remediation measure to use should be strictly evaluated based on “proper ethical practices”. The idea of community economy generally asserts the need to recognize the current economic structure as constituents of many interconnected features, thus balance between all elements included in the process should be equally maintained in order to prom
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