What do we mean by degrowth?

For a quick and easy definition, we are quoting from Research and Degrowth:

“Sustainable degrowth is a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet. It calls for a future where societies live within their ecological means, with open, localized economies and resources more equally distributed through new forms of democratic institutions. Such societies will no longer have to “grow or die.” Material accumulation will no longer hold a prime position in the population’s cultural imaginary. The primacy of efficiency will be substituted by a focus on sufficiency, and innovation will no longer focus on technology for technology’s sake but will concentrate on new social and technical arrangements that will enable us to live convivially and frugally. Degrowth does not only challenge the centrality of GDP as an overarching policy objective but proposes a framework for transformation to a lower and sustainable level of production and consumption, a shrinking of the economic system to leave more space for human cooperation and ecosystems.”

However, we believe that the concept of degrowth is quite broad. It renders itself to a wider set of approaches and literature that includes post-growth, agrowth, voluntary simplicity, Gandhian notion of swaraj, or Latin American concept of buen vivir. We do not believe in a “one-size fit all model”. So if you are writing a review for us, feel free to connect to any of these abovementioned themes.

The key criteria for writing a review are:

  • The review should be of a book (fiction is preferred), film, theatre or a piece of music that has a strong connection to the concept of degrowth as mentioned above.
  • We leave it to the authors on how they can interpret a piece of work and relate it to degrowth.
  • Length: Not more than 500 words
  • Structure: Nothing in particular. We prefer well written, easy to read pieces. A zero tolerance policy for jargons is preferred. And if you really want to use it/them, please explain the context.

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