Market interrupted: climate change and social reproduction

Suzanne Blyth, Helen Masterman-Smith

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Abstract

The paucity of understanding about the likely impacts of climate change on the worldof work ' paid and unpaid ' leaves citizens with little direction about how totransform their working and living patterns along more sustainable lines, beyondgreen consumerism. This paper argues that the deep social and economic instabilitythat is already emerging as a result of climate change will fundamentally transformthe relationship between the relations of production and social reproduction. It posesquestions about the implications of the anticipated increasing instability of the globalmarket economy for the continued provisioning of human needs in western nations.What might the economic, food, water and energy crises mean for how Australiancitizens 'make do'? It is contended that an over-reliance on the market for thenecessities of life has undermined citizens' skills and capacities to survive andsocially reproduce in world where supply chains are increasingly disrupted andinoperable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTASA 2009
Subtitle of host publicationThe future of sociology
EditorsDan Woodman Dan Woodman
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherThe Australian Sociological Association
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780646525013
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAustralian Sociological Association Annual Conference - Canberra, ACT., Australia
Duration: 01 Dec 200904 Dec 2009

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ConferenceAustralian Sociological Association Annual Conference
CountryAustralia
Period01/12/0904/12/09

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Blyth, S., & Masterman-Smith, H. (2009). Market interrupted: climate change and social reproduction. In D. W. D. Woodman (Ed.), TASA 2009: The future of sociology (pp. 1-10). The Australian Sociological Association.