Participatory Session: Ethnography & Degrowth
Rethinking socioeconomic alternatives in the Global North
Ethnography & Degrowth: Rethinking socioeconomic alternatives in the Global North
Hummel, Agata; Escribano, Paula
What happens when the theories of Degrowth are put into practice? Which are the main problems Degrowth activists have to deal with in their daily life? What kind of tensions and difficulties emerge? How resistant are their proposals to such factors as the economic mainstream structures, the mainstream values, the bureaucratic requirements, and the legal frameworks? We think that more than 15 years after the takeoff of the Degrowth movement as we know it today (Kallis et al, 2015) it is an appropriate moment to evaluate the relation between theory and practice.
The goal of this participatory session is to rethink the practice of Degrowth (under different names or labels) departing from activist or ethnographic experience. Are those initiatives, as Fotopoulos (2006, 2000) argues, a part of the problem instead of being a part of the solution?
We encourage participants to prepare short interventions (about 5 minutes) related to:
- Community-based initiatives, as eco-communities or back-to-the-landers communities, with special emphasis in “rurban” or rural spaces
- Economic initiatives, as cooperatives and community currencies, which do not put emphasis on market economy
- Grassroots initiatives & social movements that attempt to change social order through such values as ‘sharing’, ‘simplicity’, ‘conviviality’, ‘care’ and ‘commons’
Start time: 18:00
Room: ABF (202)
Track: Organisational and Organising Practices