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Geographies of making: rethinking materials and skills for volatile futures

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Abstract


  • Making material things remains central to human economies and subsistence, and to how earthly resources are transformed. Yet experiences and knowledges of those who make things – especially in the heart of the industrial complex – are notably absent in existing debates on shifting to a less resource-intensive future. We review research on materials and their making, presenting three research trajectories: making beyond binaries of craft and manufacturing; the social life of making; and acknowledging industrial cultures, workers and capacities amidst climate change. Success in transforming economy and society in anticipation of volatile futures depends on material acknowledgements and accomplishments.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Carr, C. & Gibson, C. (2016). Geographies of making: rethinking materials and skills for volatile futures. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities, 40 (3), 297-315.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84967321396

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3204&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2203

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 297

End Page


  • 315

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Making material things remains central to human economies and subsistence, and to how earthly resources are transformed. Yet experiences and knowledges of those who make things – especially in the heart of the industrial complex – are notably absent in existing debates on shifting to a less resource-intensive future. We review research on materials and their making, presenting three research trajectories: making beyond binaries of craft and manufacturing; the social life of making; and acknowledging industrial cultures, workers and capacities amidst climate change. Success in transforming economy and society in anticipation of volatile futures depends on material acknowledgements and accomplishments.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Carr, C. & Gibson, C. (2016). Geographies of making: rethinking materials and skills for volatile futures. Progress in Human Geography: an international review of geographical work in the social sciences and humanities, 40 (3), 297-315.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84967321396

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3204&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2203

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 297

End Page


  • 315

Volume


  • 40

Issue


  • 3