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Embodying and enacting degrowth

Exploring the conditions for a social-ecological transformation towards degrowth from the inside out

In this work, an experiential methodology is developed to make an inquiry on the effects that a degrowth policy package could potentially produce at the inner plane of individuals and groups and its interaction with wider social change towards degrowth. In a workshop carry out with university students in Madrid (Spain) and with high school students in Alcázar de San Juan (Spain), a series of contemplative practices are employed to explore the emotions, physical sensations, feelings, and thoughts in the experience and hypothetical impact on everyday life that the implementation of a degrowth policy mix composed by a universal care income, universal basic services and a working time reduction would have, creating a space of mind-body-politic prefiguration. The relation with social imaginaries, enacted in the hypothetical uses of time and embodied in certain spaces and practices will be the center of the analysis, an experiential methodology supported by a focus group. The inquiry made focuses on whether the eco-social policies selected, when implemented together, have the capacity to create the conditions for a social-ecological transformation to thrive from the inside out, towards a relational turn in values and practices, from the premise that degrowth entails an ontological shift, not just a shift in policy or economics. In this sense, the theories of enactive or embodied cognition (Francisco Varela) and resonance (Hartmut Rosa) are put in dialogue with the insights from the workshop through the nexus that the concept and praxis of care constitutes. A U process relating ecosocial policies and systemic change is proposed.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 10:30
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-3
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Communicating degrowth within a consumerist common sense


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