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The Degrowth Spectrum: Convergence and Divergence Within a Diverse and Conflictual Alliance

Dennis Eversberg, Matthias Schmelzer

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 245-267. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15217309300822

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The call for 'sustainable degrowth' has recently turned into a focal point of critical social and ecological debate, as well as a framework for diverse strands of activism. So far, little is known about the motives, attitudes and practices of grassroots activists within the degrowth spectrum. This article presents results of a survey conducted at the 2014 International Degrowth Conference, revealing both the presence of a widely shared basic consensus among respondents and their broad division into five distinguishable sub-currents. A cluster analysis shows that degrowth provides a framework for a diversity of critical and transformational approaches. We identify and describe five such currents: eco-radical sufficiency-oriented critics of civilisation; moderate immanent reformers; a transitory group of voluntarist-pacifist idealists; the modernist rationalist Left; and the alternative practical Left.


Degrowth, social and environmental movements, transformation, economic growth, activism

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How Far is Degrowth a Really Revolutionary Counter Movement to Neoliberalism? Dorothea Elena Schoppek

The Social Specificity of Societal Nature Relations in a Flexible Capitalist Society. Dennis Eversberg

Towards Degrowth? Making Peace with Mortality to Reconnect with (One’s) Nature: An Ecopsychological Proposition for a Paradigm Shift. Sarah Koller

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