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Climate change is fundamentally changing the ways the peoples insure, and the ways they think about insurance, and there is an urgent need to build knowledge on the capacities and limitations of insurance in this regard. Mobilising or recognising different spatialities can provide new insights, specifically the multiple, sometimes conflicting, realities of insurance. The political ramifications of this normalisation illustrate the place-based constitution of insurance and, thus, its capacities and limitations. Within the context of promises of sovereignty, autonomy and independence, and an end to the structural violence of plantation economies, the moral imperative of EARM for financial self-sufficiency in an increasingly volatile climate, reinforces rather than dissolves social and racial inequalities and inequities. Emphasising creativity and innovation, companies experimenting with Insurtech now inhabit retrofitted, mobile spaces in gentrifying areas. These buildings signify disruption and change, rather than the dependability and certainty of older insurance offices.
Publication titleClimate, Society and Elemental Insurance: Capacities and Limitations
EditorsK Booth, C Lucas & S French
Department/SchoolSchool of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Place of publicationOxford, UK