Struggling for Another Life: The Ontology of Degrowth

Richter, Katharina. 2019. Struggling for Another Life: The Ontology of Degrowth. Transtext(e)s Transcultures 跨文本跨文化 Journal of Global Cultural Studies, 14, [Article]

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This article presents a sympathetic critique of degrowth scholarship, which reproduces anthropocentric, Cartesian views of nature. I suggest overcoming these by drawing on the modernity/coloniality discourse, as well as engaging with indigenous scholarship and decolonial practices such as Buen Vivir. I make the argument for extending agency and rights to non-human nature, beginning with a shift from the language of “materials” to that of “the living world.” A
focus on ecological, multi-species justice centred on the rights of nature would not only allow for a decolonisation of the degrowth debate, but also highlight issues around ecological debt and
environmental justice.

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degrowth, Buen Vivir, coloniality of nature, modernity/coloniality, environmental justice, Rights of Nature

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Politics > Centre for Postcolonial Studies


23 December 2019Accepted
May 2019Submitted
December 2019Completed

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30 Nov 2020 11:04

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30 Nov 2020 11:36

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