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Academic Special Session: Growth and Degrowth, what should grow and what shouldn't?, an ecosocialist perspective

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The Degrowth movement has focused on the issue of economic growth in
capitalist economies. But growth and degrowth of exactly what? Should
growth be defined by economic metrics, such as GDP, or by physical
throughput, energy consumption or by an alternative measure such the
Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare as proposed by Daly and Cobb in
1989? Should the planetary goal be the shift from a growth to a
steady-state economy, if so steady-state in what respect? What is the
significance of the degrowth concept in post-capitalist/ecosocialist
theory and practice? All of these questions raise the necessity of a
critique of eurocentric and sex-gendered concepts underlying the current
mode of economic growth so as to inform its ecosocialist alternative.

This session will examine these questions, as well as the significance
of degrowth in the context of the most critical challenges of the 21st
century, the threats of climate catastrophe and nuclear war. The
panelists argue, from ecosocialist perspectives, that the concept of
“degrowth” needs to be scrutinized and qualified to be useful.
Capitalism is seen as intrinsically growth-prone, which has to be taken
into strategic considerations. While levels of pollution and resource
depletion need to be degrown desperately, this is not necessarily the
case for economic value or energy use. Beginning now and bearing
fruition in an ecosocialist transition. solutions need to be
synergistic; not just biophysical but decolonising and post-patriarchal
at the same time.

Info

Day: 2018-08-23
Start time: 16:00
Duration: 02:00
Room: Nöjesteatern (Theater)
Track: Technology in a Degrowth Society

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