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Author: Giacomo D'Alisa
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134449844
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Degrowth is a rejection of the illusion of growth and a call to repoliticize the public debate colonized by the idiom of economism. It is a project advocating the democratically-led shrinking of production and consumption with the aim of achieving social justice and ecological sustainability. This overview of degrowth offers a comprehensive coverage of the main topics and major challenges of degrowth in a succinct, simple and accessible manner. In addition, it offers a set of keywords useful forintervening in current political debates and for bringing about concrete degrowth-inspired proposals at different levels - local, national and global. The result is the most comprehensive coverage of the topic of degrowth in English and serves as the definitive international reference. More information at: View the author spotlight featuring events and press related to degrowth at

Housing For Degrowth

Author: Anitra Nelson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351365231
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‘Degrowth’, a type of ‘postgrowth’, is becoming a strong political, practical and cultural movement for downscaling and transforming societies beyond capitalist growth and non-capitalist productivism to achieve global sustainability and satisfy everyone’s basic needs. This groundbreaking collection on housing for degrowth addresses key challenges of unaffordable, unsustainable and anti-social housing today, including going beyond struggles for a 'right to the city' to a 'right to metabolism', advocating refurbishment versus demolition, and revealing controversies within the degrowth movement on urbanisation, decentralisation and open localism. International case studies show how housing for degrowth is based on sufficiency and conviviality, living a ‘one planet lifestyle’ with a common ecological footprint. This book explores environmental, cultural and economic housing and planning issues from interdisciplinary perspectives such as urbanism, ecological economics, environmental justice, housing studies and policy, planning studies and policy, sustainability studies, political ecology, social change and degrowth. It will appeal to students and scholars across a wide range of disciplines.

History Of The Future Of Economic Growth

Author: Iris Borowy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1134866690
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The future of economic growth is one of the decisive questions of the twenty-first century. Alarmed by declining growth rates in industrialized countries, climate change, and rising socio-economic inequalities, among other challenges, more and more people demand to look for alternatives beyond growth. However, so far these current debates about sustainability, post-growth or degrowth lack a thorough historical perspective. This edited volume brings together original contributions on different aspects of the history of economic growth as a central and near-ubiquitous tenet of developmental strategies. The book addresses the origins and evolution of the growth paradigm from the seventeenth century up to the present day and also looks at sustainable development, sustainable growth, and degrowth as examples of alternative developmental models. By focusing on the mixed legacy of growth, both as a major source of expanded life expectancies and increased comfort, and as a destructive force harming personal livelihoods and threatening entire societies in the future, the editors seek to provide historical depth to the ongoing discussion on suitable principles of present and future global development. History of the Future of Economic Growth is aimed at students and academics in environmental, social, economic and international history, political science, environmental studies, and economics, as well as those interested in ongoing discussions about growth, sustainable development, degrowth, and, more generally, the future.

Size Matters De Growth Of The 21st Century Art Museum

Author: Beatrix Ruf
ISBN: 9783960982616
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This book is the outcome of the 2017 edition of the Verbier Art Summit in January 2016, organized in cooperation with museum director Beautrix Ruf and her curatorial team at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. By sharing the content of the Summit through this publication the global dialogue continues.The theme of the Verbier Art Summit and this accompanying publication, SIZE MATTERS! (DE)GROWTH OF THE 21ST CENTURY ART MUSEUM has been chosen by museum director Beatrix Ruf.It is based on her personal experiences with the transformations of these institutes and their corresponding increase in scale, but also about issues that every museum is faced with, struggles with, reflects on how to address, and considers in a self-critical way.Acting as a cultural incubator for innovative ideas and change, the Verbier Art Summit is an international platform erected to optimise the role of art in a global society. Their mission is to connect thought leaders to key figures in the art world and thus position the Summit as a catalyst for innovation and change.The realization of the 2018 Verbier Art Summit (January 18-20, 2018) will be in the hands of museum director Daniel Birnbaum of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.Book designed by Irma Boom.

Farewell To Growth

Author: Serge Latouche
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745646174
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Most of us who live in the North and the West consume far too much – too much meat, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt. We are more likely to put on too much weight than to go hungry. We live in a society that is heading for a crash. We are aware of what is happening and yet we refuse to take it fully into account. Above all we refuse to address the issue that lies at the heart of our problems – namely, the fact that our societies are based on an economy whose only goal is growth for growth’s sake. Serge Latouche argues that we need to rethink from the very foundations the idea that our societies should be based on growth. He offers a radical alternative – a society of ‘de-growth’. De-growth is not the same thing as negative growth. We should be talking about ‘a-growth’, in the sense in which we speak of ‘a-theism’. And we do indeed have to abandon a faith or religion – that of the economy, progress and development—and reject the irrational and quasi-idolatrous cult of growth for growth’s sake. While many realize that that the never-ending pursuit of growth is incompatible with a finite planet, we have yet to come to terms with the implications of this – the need to produce less and consume less. But if we do not change course, we are heading for an ecological and human disaster. There is still time to imagine, quite calmly, a system based upon a different logic, and to plan for a ‘de-growth society’.

From Bioeconomics To Degrowth

Author: Nicolas Georgescu-Roegen
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 113682216X
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Nicolae Georgescu-Roegen (1906-1994) is considered today as perhaps the chief founder of the transdisciplinary field today known as Ecological Economics, but that he defined himself as Bioeconomics. In his later years Georgescu-Roegen intended to write a book of this title that would systematize what he considered to be the most significant results of his work. This project intends to resume this project, publishing a collection of the most relevant Georgescu-Roegen essays on Bioeconomics, including previously unpublished papers.

In Defense Of Degrowth

Author: Giorgos Kallis
ISBN: 9789090306612
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An accessible introduction to degrowth by one of the movements foremost thinkers.

Does The Easterlin Paradox Legitimize The Implementation Of Degrowth Policies In Developed Nations

Author: Annette Becker
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656889325
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Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject Business economics - Miscellaneous, grade: 2,0, University of Bayreuth (Institut für Philosophie), course: Integration of philosophy and economics, language: English, abstract: “Every day, in every industrialized country of the world, journalists and politicians give out a conscious and unconscious message. It is that better economic performance means more happiness for a nation. This idea is rarely questioned. We feel we would be more cheery if our boss raised our pay, and assume that countries must be roughly the same. The results in this paper suggest that, in a developed nation, economic progress buys only a small amount of extra happiness.“ (Oswald 1997, p. 1827) Based on Oswald’s introductory statement, this paper is going further than refuting the assumption that a certain kind of utility is solely contingent on absolute earnings. With the interpretation of utility as happiness, it would mean for the aggregate economy as well as for the individual that income secures happiness with a rising tendency. Having started with Oswald, another economist with well-known findings has to be made mention of: Richard Easterlin, who constructed the hypothesis that from a certain threshold of developmental achievements on, economic growth is of minor significance to the overall life satisfaction of a nation. The so-called Easterlin paradox originally arose as data on richer citizens within a country displayed a higher level of subjective well-being and led to the assumption that “economic growth improve[s] the human lot” (Easterlin 1974). Nevertheless, a comparison amongst well-developed states and over time revealed that there’s little difference of each population with regard to happiness. Thus, it appears that not the absolute but relative wealth is of import to life satisfaction in crossindividual and cross-stratum comparisons. Even though it never gained as much attention as its foreshadowing counterpart by Easterlin, the phenomenon is also denoted as the “relative deprivation theory” (Oswald 1999, p. 360), pointing out the state of deprived happiness poorer individuals in a society suffer.

Degrowth In Tourism

Author: Konstantinos Andriotis
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 178639278X
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The modern-day world faces a hostile climate, depleted resources and the destruction of habitats. The dream that growth will lead to a materialistic utopia is left unfulfilled by a lack of ecological and economic capacity. The only choice is to find alternatives to increased growth, transform the structures and institutions currently shaping the world, change lifestyles and articulate a more credible vision for the future and lasting prosperity. As a reaction to the problems accrued by capitalism, new development approaches such as the concept of degrowth have evolved. Degrowth in Tourism explores newly-emerging development and philosophical approachesthat provide more equity for host communities and offer a low-carbon future by looking at alternatives to the classic models of development and applying the concept of degrowth in a tourism context. Proposing that we need to shift tourism research from models which prioritize commodified tourism experiences to those that offer alternative decommodified ones this book: Provides topical analysis and illustrates the key themes of degrowth; Discusses the relationship between tourism and degrowth from both a historic perspective and through contemporary patterns of activity; Includes international examples and case studies to translate theory into practical new approaches. A comprehensive review of the subject, this book will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners within tourism, development, environment and economics, as well as those specifically studying degrowth.