Grassroots ''flexible specialisation'' in Brisbane's West End: towards a politics of economic possibility

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Title Grassroots ''flexible specialisation'' in Brisbane's West End: towards a politics of economic possibility
Author Gall, Sarah
Journal Name GeoJournal
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Abstract The focus on 'flexible specialisation' in the 1980s and 1990s marked an important turning point in framings of economic agency and diversity within economic geography. This article deconstructs the ways in which subjects were framed as 'flexible' in both the flexible specialisation literature and later work on the Diverse Economy (Gibson-Graham 1996, 2002, 2006), seeking out particular examples of the ways in which different projects of subjection appear to frame different views of economic possibility. Drawing richly on a case study of residents in an inner-city neighbourhood of West End, Brisbane (Australia), this paper uses resident's articulations of their everyday practices to reinvigorate some of the ideas of the flexible specialisation literature and challenge, defamiliarise and rework existing ideas of economic life in "First World", urban contexts.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10708-008-9244-7
Volume 74
Issue Number 6
Page from 525
Page to 540
ISSN 0343-2521
Date Accessioned 2010-05-05
Date Available 2010-07-07T07:39:25Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Human Geography
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30142
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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