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Health Commons for Degrowth

Living a healthy life is desired, and it is believed that health must be taken into consideration for degrowth. Pursuing health does not necessarily contribute to degrowth, though. Previous research on degrowth, health, and healthcare have noted that a transition is required in the healthcare system. Pursuing ideal health is a type of growth paradigm because we can never be fully healthy and instead get worse as we age. On the other hand, our health is negatively impacted by a society that is focused on growth. In a capitalist growth society, unstable working conditions, long hours, and highly demanding labor not only have a detrimental impact on health, but also privatize care for health. Additionally, the pursuit of complete health is a growth-oriented activity. As time passes, the healthcare industry expands under the pretense of improving health. High-tech is now used more frequently in healthcare than ever before. This entire process is generating economic growth and profits.
The individualization of health is the foundation of this health growthism. However, health extends beyond personal dimension. Since we all share the same political, economic, and social determinants of health, such as food, housing, and working conditions, our health is intertwined with one another. In this approach, health itself is a commons, in contrast to earlier studies about health commons that focused on healthcare services. Consideration of health as a commons and a target for care is beneficial for degrowth.


Day: 2023-08-30
Start time: 13:00
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-8
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Resilience building through degrowth


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