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How should degrowth approach power contestations of social change?

Degrowth implicitly questions the power relations behind social and ecological destruction. But how does it approach power explicitly? To date, most degrowth strategies choose to fixate on the comfortable and depoliticised domain of state-based policymaking and business practices as opposed to the uncomfortable and politicised domain of ecological distribution conflicts (Temper et al., 2018) and direct action (Sovacool & Dunlap, 2022). This comes despite the term ‘degrowth’ being created as a missile word that carves out space for a multi-layered critique of growth-based societies. To address this issue, we propose hosting a workshop on theories of power and social change with participants to explore the uncomfortable reality of what it might take to transcend capitalist domination.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 10:00
Duration: 01:15
Room: ZV-8-1
Type: Special Session
Theme: Hegemonic worldviews and degrowth horizon


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