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Tuomo Alhojärvi (2020) Critical Gibson-Graham: Reading Capitalocentrism for Trouble, Rethinking Marxism, 32:3, 286-309, DOI: 10.1080/08935696.2020.1780667

Critical Gibson-Graham : reading capitalocentrism for trouble

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Author: Alhojärvi, Tuomo1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-03-03


J. K. Gibson-Graham’s postcapitalist approach to diverse economies has unleashed a flourishing of research and activism for other worlds. One reason for its successes is found in the intricate links between a feminist and antiessentialist critique of political economy and an experimental, enabling, and affirmative practice of economy. While initially powered by explicitly critical and negating energies, diverse-economies scholars have increasingly accentuated an affirmative, “post/critical” register. This essay explores what has happened to “capitalocentrism” in this process. Initially an invitation to consider our performative complicity with the seeming inescapability of capitalism, capitalocentrism has lately been positioned as an already established theoretical object and a problem already settled. Returning to Gibson-Graham’s affinities with deconstruction, this essay seeks to reproblematize capitalocentrism through a thinking strategy called “reading for trouble.” Insisting on the theoretical and political potentials that capitalocentrism opens for critical and deconstructive practice, the notion becomes a key word for troublesome work ahead.

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Series: Rethinking Marxism
ISSN: 0893-5696
ISSN-E: 1475-8059
ISSN-L: 0893-5696
Volume: 32
Issue: 3
Pages: 286 - 309
DOI: 10.1080/08935696.2020.1780667
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking Marxis on 27 Jul 2020, available online: