2 NEW SPECIAL ISSUES: “Geographies of degrowth” + “Degrowth and Environmental Justice: What potential for an alliance?

We just published two new special issues on degrowth:

1) “Geographies of degrowth: Nowtopias, resurgences and the decolonization of imaginaries and places” (5 articles)
Edited by Federico Demaria, Giorgos Kallis and Karen Bakker.
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 

This Special Issue addresses the geographical aspects of degrowth, looking at the rooted experiences of peoples and collectives rebelling against, and experimenting with alternatives to, growth-based development. Our contributors approach such resurgent or ‘nowtopian’ efforts from a decolonial perspective, focusing on how they defend and produce new places, new subjectivities and new state relations.

Edited by Bengi Akbulut, Federico Demaria, Julien-Francois Gerber, Joan Martinez-Alier.

Ecological Economics

Degrowth and environmental justice (EJ) movements have the best potential to interconnect. This claim is discussed via five ‘theses’ (each article addresses at least of these theses): We argue that both degrowth and EJ movements are materialist but also more than just materialist in scope (thesis I) and both seek a politico-metabolic reconfiguration of our economies (thesis II). We also show that both degrowth and EJ seek consequential as well as deontological justice (thesis III) and they are complementary: while EJ has not developed a unified and broader theoretical roadmap, degrowth has largely failed to connect with a wider social movement (thesis IV). Finally, both degrowth and EJ stress the contradiction between capitalist accumulation vs. conditions of social reproduction (rather than that between capital and labour) (thesis V). We conclude that an alliance between degrowth and EJ is not only possible but necessary.

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1) “Geographies of Degrowth”

Edited by Federico Demaria, Giorgos Kallis and Karen Bakker in the journal Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Download the PDF of the editorial for free here:
https://sci-hub.tw/https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619869689

All the articles here.

ABSTRACT

The term ‘décroissance’ (degrowth) signifies a process of political and social transformation that reduces a society’s material and energy use while improving the quality of life. Degrowth calls for decolonizing imaginaries and institutions from – in Ursula Le Guin’s words – ‘a one-way future consisting only of growth’. Recent scholarship has focused on the ecological and social costs of growth, on policies that may secure prosperity without growth, and the study of grassroots alternatives pre-figuring a post-growth future. There has been limited engagement, however, with the geographical aspects of degrowth. This special issue addresses this gap, looking at the rooted experiences of peoples and collectives rebelling against, and experimenting with alternatives to, growth-based development. Our contributors approach such resurgent or ‘nowtopian’ efforts from a decolonial perspective, focusing on how they defend and produce new places, new subjectivities and new state relations. The stories told span from the Indigenous territories of the Chiapas in Mexico and Adivasi communities in southern India, to the streets of Athens, the centres of power in Turkey and the riverbanks of West Sussex.

Theme issue articles

1) The nowtopia of the riverbank: elder environmental activism

2) Decolonizing Degrowth in the Post-Development Convergence: Questions, experiences and proposals from two Indigenous territories

3) Crisis, Liminality and the Decolonization of the Social Imaginary

4) The ‘State’ of Degrowth: Economic Growth and the Making of State Hegemony in Turkey

5) Degrowth: a metamorphosis in being

2) “Environmental justice and degrowth: What potential for an alliance?” NEW SPECIAL ISSUE in the Journal Ecological Economics with 15 great articles!

Theoretical and political journeys between environmental justice and degrowth: what potential for an alliance?

Edited by Bengi Akbulut, Federico Demaria, Julien-Francois Gerber, Joan Martinez-Alier

ABSTRACT   Environmental destructions, overconsumption and overdevelopment are felt by an increasing number of people. Voices for ‘prosperity without growth’ have strengthened and environmental conflicts are on the rise worldwide. This introduction to the special issue explores the possibility of an alliance between post-growth and ecological distribution conflicts (EDCs). It argues that among the various branches of post-growth and EDCs, degrowth and environmental justice (EJ) movements have the best potential to interconnect. This claim is discussed via five ‘theses’: We argue that both degrowth and EJ movements are materialist but also more than just materialist in scope (thesis I) and both seek a politico-metabolic reconfiguration of our economies (thesis II). We also show that both degrowth and EJ seek consequential as well as deontological justice (thesis III) and they are complementary: while EJ has not developed a unified and broader theoretical roadmap, degrowth has largely failed to connect with a wider social movement (thesis IV). Finally, both degrowth and EJ stress the contradiction between capitalist accumulation vs. conditions of social reproduction (rather than that between capital and labour) (thesis V). We conclude that an alliance between degrowth and EJ is not only possible but necessary.
Find all the articles here
 
Read the Editorial here
  1. EDITORIAL Abstract only

    Who promotes sustainability? Five theses on the relationships between the degrowth and the environmental justice movements

    Bengi Akbulut, Federico Demaria, Julien-François Gerber, Joan Martínez-Alier
    November 2019
    Page 106418
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    Mapping and Analyzing Ecological Distribution Conflicts in Andean Countries

    Mario Pérez-Rincón, Julieth Vargas-Morales, Joan Martinez-Alier
    March 2019
    Pages 80-91
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    Alternative and Resistance Movements: The Two Faces of Sustainability Transformations?

    Jérôme Pelenc, Grégoire Wallenborn, Julien Milanesi, Léa Sébastien, … Bruno Frère
    May 2019
    Pages 373-378
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    What About the Global South? Towards a Feminist Decolonial Degrowth Approach

    Corinna Dengler, Lisa Marie Seebacher
    March 2019
    Pages 246-252
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    De-growing environmental justice: Reflections from anti-mining movements in Eastern Europe

    Irina Velicu
    May 2019
    Pages 271-278
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    Bringing Class Analysis Back in: Assessing the Transformation of the Value-Nature Nexus to Strengthen the Connection Between Degrowth and Environmental Justice

    Emanuele Leonardi
    February 2019
    Pages 83-90
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    Governance from below and environmental justice: Community water management from the perspective of social metabolism

    Mario Enrique Fuente-Carrasco, David Barkin, Ricardo Clark-Tapia
    June 2019
    Pages 52-61
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    Climate justice, commons, and degrowth

    Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins
    June 2019
    Pages 183-190
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    Need, Entitlement and Desert: A Distributive Justice Framework for Consumption Degrowth

    Cle-Anne Gabriel, Carol Bond
    February 2019
    Pages 327-336
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    Complementarity between the EJ movement and degrowth on the European semiperiphery: An empirical study

    Mladen Domazet, Branko Ančić
    March 2019
    Pages 120-128
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    First Nations sovereignty, Environmental Justice, and Degrowth in Northwest BC, Canada

    Karl Frost
    August 2019
    Pages 133-142
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    The New Rural Reconstruction Movement: A Chinese degrowth style movement?

    Rowan Alcock
    July 2019
    Pages 261-269
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    Promoting Waste Degrowth and Environmental Justice at a Local Level: The Case of Unit-Pricing Schemes in Spain

    Gabriel Weber, Ignazio Cabras, Maria Calaf-Forn, Ignasi Puig-Ventosa, Giacomo D’Alisa
    February 2019
    Pages 306-317
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    Not So Natural an Alliance? Degrowth and Environmental Justice Movements in the Global South

    Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos, Ivonne Yánez, Patrick Bond, Lucie Greyl, … Winfridus Overbeek
    March 2019
    Pages 175-184
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    A socio-metabolic perspective on environmental justice and degrowth movements

    Arnim Scheidel, Anke Schaffartzik
    July 2019
    Pages 330-333
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    Frugality as a choice vs. frugality as a social condition. Is de-growth doomed to be a Eurocentric project?

    Roldan Muradian
    July 2019
    Pages 257-260
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    Environmental justice, degrowth and post-capitalist futures

    Neera M. Singh
    September 2019
    Pages 138-142
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