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EMAC 2023 Annual

Chronotopic Governance: Governing and Shaping Markets through Grassroot Movements in Space and Time

Published: May 24, 2023


Kanika Meshram, University of Melbourne; Amir Hassanzadegan, University of Melbourne


The aim of this study is to develop a framework of chronotopic governance as a spatio-temporal mode of governing market practices. Chronotope, literally means time-place positioned and understood within the context of dialogue with the others. We use an example of the Stop Adani grassroot movement based in Central Queensland, Australia to show how a network of grassroot activists can mobile resources to govern market practices of mining conglomerate Adani Group and shape coal markets through a) spatial cannibalisation for establishing new market norms, b) temporal linearity to expand market governance boundaries and c) pursue ideological reconfiguration for market transformation. Our study through the chronotopic governance framework contributes to ongoing discussion on inter-firm governance, activist led governance and market shaping.