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Media Type: Article - Foundational
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
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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