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Volume 16, Number 1

ICAPE – 2020 Papers and Proceedings

The unilateral gift economy conjecture, by Genevieve Vaughan


I offer the conjecture that unilateral maternal provisioning constitutes a basic economic model for all with implications and a logic of its own. Market exchange is a derivative of this model, which contradicts it and creates its own area of life. The two models interact without our awareness because we have not taken unilateral gifting seriously.  Renaming exploitation as the taking of unilateral gifts reveals another way to connect the dots between unwaged  housework, surplus labor and ‘nature services’, and these are also connected to colonialism, corporate globalization and ecological devastation.

PDF| Published online 1-6-2021 |doi: 10.38024/


Gentrification and Care: A Theoretical Model. by Laura Nussbaum-Barbarena and Afredo R. M. Rosete


Gentrification and care are two topics that are rarely brought into conversation in the economics literature. Often, gentrification is studied in relation to displacement, housing prices, property values, and segregation. The economics of care, on the other hand has often been occupied with measurement and valuation of women’s labor on a global, de-regulated market. Anthropologists and other social scientists, however, have studied the collaboration and care work that women foster beyond the household. The sharing of unpaid social reproductive labor among networks of women/families is key to sustaining the coherence of low-income communities. If gentrification causes displacement, then, an episode of gentrification can cause care networks to disperse. To bridge the largely parallel literatures on gentrification and care work, we present a mathematical model of gentrification where agents base their decision to move on both the price of housing, and the price of care. The price of care is offset by the ability of agents to form care networks. Our models suggest that gentrification disperses the care networks of the poor, increasing their vulnerability to rising housing prices. Thus, decisions to move are predicated on a particular ‘social price point’-a decision that is not only economic but reflects increasing geographic distance from those who collaborate to accomplish social reproductive and other tasks of community maintenance.

PDF| Published online 1-11-2021 |doi: 10.38024/


Heterodox Microeconomics: A Spatial Turn for Environmental Health and Just Food System Social Provisioning By Benjamin Wilson Ph.D., Alison L., Humphrey, MD, Christina E. Ciaccio, MD, MSc


This paper examines food system social provisioning at low levels of geographic scale to merge the heterodox microeconomic approach outlined by Frederic Lee (2018) and the activist spatial justice methodology of Edward Soja (2010). Combining these two theoretical frameworks blends academia and activism by joining community perspectives with spatial, quantitative and qualitative data techniques to hypothesis test and investigate disparities in social provisioning. Initiating the inquiry with data available at the address level of geography allows the analysis to develop across diverse geographic scales and reveal consistent patterns of inequality. It is argued that these consistencies afford researchers, activists, and practitioners benchmarks for the study and development of transdisciplinary intervention design and implementation. This spatial study of pediatric food allergy frames a practical example of how this approach is applicable across a variety of socioeconomic and environmental health disparities and the pursuit of spatial justice outcomes at local and national levels of social provisioning.

PDF| Published online 1-11-2021 |doi: 10.38024/arpe.whc.1.11.21