The anti-colonial politics of degrowth

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Publication Info: ScienceDirect

Date of Publication: April 28

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publisher: Elsevier B.V.

Author(s): Jason Hickel

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As degrowth ideas speed their way into social movements and academic research, they have encountered some interesting critiques. In a recent contribution to this Virtual Forum, Huber (2021) dismissed degrowth as a preoccupation of middle-class environmentalists in the global North who feel “anxiety” about excess consumption.

Such a movement, he argues, can never hope to connect with the working class, who are struggling to get by, and certainly cannot connect with social movements in the global South, where mass poverty is widespread and where, he claims, the concept of degrowth is largely unknown. These claims constitute a significant misrepresentation of degrowth politics.

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