We have a forthcoming book titled “The case for degrowth” by Polity Press in this book series on radical policies, with Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson and Giacomo D’Alisa. To be launched at the Manchester degrowth conference, 1-5 September 2020. It is a book on the political strategies for degrowth.
For years now, the four of us have been studying and writing about negative impacts and disastrous futures of economic growth, while urging moves toward healthier horizons. This is the first book we dedicate to paving the way for alternative paths forward. There is no doubt that organized transition to degrowth will be politically difficult. We believe that it is possible, and that living and working toward that transition is good in itself. In this book, we contemplate how.
We are asked by the publisher to provide a list of people who could:
1) be interested to write a review for a journal, and
2) consider adopting this book in their courses.
If you are interested, please send me at federicodemaria (AT) gmail.com your exact contact details (name, address, email address, phone number). Please, provide also details about the journal, and/or the course, including the syllabus. See an example here below. Needless to say, we will be grateful if you write a review for a newspaper, website or blog also, though I don’t think we can secure a free copy for that.
We expect to have a high demand for the copies, so we will prioritize petitions that provide convincing evidence that the review will be published or that the book will be part of teaching material (for example you may want to provide us with a draft syllabus and explain where and how the book will be used). Books will be sent out in early September 2020. We will expect reviewers to send us a copy of the book review when published (ideally by the end of 2020, or early 2021), and teachers to share with us the published syllabus of the course where the material from the book is included.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any doubts.
Thank you for your attention
Federico (on behalf of my co-authors Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson and Giacomo D’Alisa).
BLURB: “The case for degrowth”
The relentless pursuit of economic growth is the defining characteristic of contemporary societies. Yet it benefits few and demands monstrous social and ecological sacrifice. Is there a viable alternative? How can we halt the endless quest to grow global production and consumption and instead secure socio-ecological
conditions that support lives worth living for all?
In this compelling book, leading experts Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria make the case for degrowth – living well with less, by living differently, prioritizing wellbeing, equity and sustainability. Drawing on emerging initiatives and enduring traditions around the world, they advance a radical degrowth vision and outline policies to shape work and care, income and investment that avoid exploitative and unsustainable practices. Degrowth, they argue, can be achieved through transformative strategies that allow societies to slow down by design, not disaster.Essential reading for all concerned citizens, policy-makers, and students, this book will be an important contribution to one of the thorniest and most pressing debates of our era.
Example of the application for a free copy
The more information you provide, the better. This would be the minimum:
EMAIL SUBJECT: The case for degrowth: Proposal for a journal review or course
Federico Demaria: Review for Ecological Economics to be published in December 2020