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Care and Degrowth: Old Acquiantance, New friendship?

Marija Bartl (University of Amsterdam, Alessandra Giannessi (UNICARE), Valeria Graziano (Pirate Care), Jelena Miloš (Croatian MP, Možemo!), Nithi Nesadurai (Climate Action Network South East Asia). Moderated by: Tomislav Medak (Multimedia Institute – MAMA)

Degrowth is premised on reducing material extraction while increasing societal well-being. This inversion implies a shift away from the production of material goods toward the provision of care to enable individual, collective and environmental flourishing. In order to achieve that, post-growth societies will need to see both an expansion of public care provision and its embedding into communities, extending care to those to whom its denied and improving conditions under which care is provided. However, the present realities of care provision is that it is frequently performed as an unwaged form of labour or by workers, mostly women and migrants, who can expect the least protection in the labour market. While the pandemic was an opportunity to begin to transform the systems of care, the failure to institute change is now resulting in an evisceration of the sector and an exodus of workers. Starting from this crisis, in this panel we want to explore how the vital function of care can be restored and strengthened both through community action, expansion of public services and redistributive practices. It is through the struggles around care that we can begin to envision what contours the future post-growth societies might actually take.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 18:00
Duration: 01:30
Room: ZV-KC-1
Type: Non-academic Session
Theme: Panel


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