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In Defense of Degrowth

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The idea of degrowth is contentious, often misunderstood, and (perhaps paradoxically) growing in popularity. In this book, Giorgos Kallis, one of the movement's leading thinkers, presents an accessible, inspiring, and enjoyable defense. The book's chapters—a compilation of his opinion essays, newspaper articles, blog posts, and 'minifestos'—range from topics such as eco-mo ...more
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Published February 1st 2017
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Yngve Skogstad
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started reading this with only rudimentary pre-knowledge of what degrowth actually means, so first of all I just wanted to get a solid understanding of what degrowth is, whether it's a unitary theory and/or movement, and why they don't seem to self-identify (at least not explicitly) with the left. Apart from the last question, I think I got pretty clear answers from reading the collection of articles that constitute this book.

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Jorge Pinto
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting selection of texts - scientific, blog posts and replies to other authors - by Kallis, arguably one of the main thinkers of degrowth. Given the way the book is organised (a very good work by the editor) and written, it is very easy to read and can be seen as a good starting point for those interested in the concept of degrowth. It is a good complement to the book "Degrowth - a vocabulary for a new era", which had Kallis as one of the editors. Apart from the academic and theoret ...more
Landra Lewis
Mar 06, 2017 is currently reading it
I love this book! Giorgos Kallis has spun threads of philosophy and commonsense, history and the future, economics and humanity, and intricately woven them together to create a roadmap of potential destinations determined by choices. Do we want a future governed by cancer like growth with consequent destruction of natural resources that feeds the voracious 1%? Or do we want a future that offers a good life to all, without destruction of nature? In defense of degrowth is far more complex than my ...more
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