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Individual Paper: On Affirmative Description

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In debates on degrowth and political ecology both, the last years have seen a proliferation of calls for 'affirmative' narratives. Such acts of affirmation, however, take place within descriptions produced by scholars. Within these debates, there is yet little reflection on what is entailed in creating affirmative descriptions as such. This paper forefronts some of the issues at stake in the work of affirmation. It is argued that it is necessary to steer a course between two pitfalls: To either generate descriptions whose criteria for what is worthy of celebration wholly remain those of the scholar, or to generically affirm anything at all. It is argued that especially debates on 'alternative sustainabilities' would gain much from engaging recent debates in anthropology concerning the issue of 'the good', and that it is critical to develop a mode of engagement capable of both activating and putting at stake familiar criteria of affirmation.


Day: 2018-08-22
Start time: 14:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: Nöjesteatern (Piano bar)
Track: Subjectivities, Values, Ideas and Satisfactions



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