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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.


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.



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