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Individual Paper: Of Bogeymen and Blindspots

German Degrowth Debates from a Postcolonial Feminist Stance

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Of bogeymen and blindspots –
German Degrowth Debates from a Postcolonial Feminist Stance

This contribution sheds light on the way in which postcolonial feminists can enrich conceptual and strategic degrowth debates. At a glance, degrowth as an approach for transformation that explicitly assumes the necessity of economic and cultural changes in the Global North, appears as a novelty. Nothing less than good life for all beings and relatedly socio-economic, ecological justice are the aims. Due to the outstanding challenges this visions poses for the way economy/society are organised, the question arises how far relations of power inherent to globalised capitalism are questioned among degrowth-related actors.
Specifically, this contribution asks how far those strands in the German debates that are committed to global justice reproduce relations of power and in what sense these reproductions are reflected and tackled. The qualitative analysis thereby focuses on three dimensions of global power relations: the material, the organisational and the epistemical. It reveals a tremendous blind spot concerning the colonial trajectory of the contemporary global division of labour. Moreover, it shows how the concrete ways in which alternative practices of organising economy shall overcome dimensions of oppressions are barely mentioned. On a deeper level, the omissions of non-Eurocentric bodies of knowledge are assessed.
Overall, listening to postcolonial feminists enriches degrowth debates in multiple ways. Especially, it might enable to find strategies of knowledge production and restructuring socio-economic relations that foster an environmentally sustainable future and therein are bound to overcome gendered, racialised, classed, and geopolitical hierarchies that constitute global relations of exploitation and injustices.


Day: 2018-08-24
Start time: 11:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: ABF (206)
Track: Degrowth: Culture, Power and Change



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