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Mobilities of Insurance: the everyday, shifting geographies of property insurance


Booth, KI, Mobilities of Insurance: the everyday, shifting geographies of property insurance, Book of Abstracts from the NZGS/IAG Conference, 11-14 July 2018, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 14. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Engaging with everyday, shifting sensibilities and ontologies of movement can unsettle a priori understandings of time and space and produce accounts of place and space that are more reflexive, open and creative. In this paper, I look at where insurance is located and how it moves within everyday life, and draw upon work of economic geographers to problematize insurance as a benign fiscal tool, the disaster management tool of choice or, as some Foucauldian scholars have observed, a temporally diverse technology. Insurance is constituted through socio-material relations that embody the emotional and the moral, and I introduce insuring-feeling as an alternative way of locating insurance with the shifting messiness of everyday life. Referencing both macro- and micro-politics at play here, I point towards how re-thinking insurance may influence how we understand the role and function of insurance in disasters and everyday life, and how and why we might research this key safety net.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:insurance, disasters, under-insurance, affect, trust
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Booth, KI (Dr Kate Booth)
ID Code:127946
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP170100096)
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-08-24
Last Modified:2018-08-28

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