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An Economics of Belonging

What does an economy where everyone belongs look like? What are organizing principles that would shape the imagination and creation of such an economy? Current economic processes generate and rely on othering – from the displacement of low-income communities of color from urban areas, to the expulsion of campesinos from their rural homes, to the forced migration of millions due to environmental and economic deprivations. Meanwhile the mechanisms of governance over the economy seem more hidden and exclusive than ever, and an extreme concentration of wealth parallels a widening pool of people living a step away from misery. Yet the possibilities for alternatives can also appear limitless. The immense amount of capital in circulation, technologies opening new possibilities, a politics that has begun to move beyond the accepted truths of neoliberalism, and powerful social movements demanding alternatives all point to fertile conditions for something different. The concept of belonging helps us to critically engage in analysis of existing systems and imagine an alternative economics by facilitating some of the fundamental questions - Who contributes? Who benefits? Who decides? What is our responsibility to each other? 

This session will explore these questions to illuminate the outlines and features of an economics for belonging. Central issues rooted in the economy will be discussed, including racialized inequality, worker power, climate change, and digital economies.


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