READING GROUP ON DEGROWTH AND THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Convened by Sam Alexander and Boris Frankel of MSSI Political Economy of Sustainability Group
Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 12.30.
Dean’s Boardroom, Level 1, of the Melbourne School of Design, Building 133.
Chair: Jeremy Baskin
Presenter: Elise Klein
Followed by Group discussion
De-growth and related discussions in the global North often shy away from the implications for ’poorer’ countries of the arguments made. As Tim Jackson put it in the first edition of his Prosperity without Growth? book: ‘this report challenges the assumption of continued economic expansion in rich countries’. And yet a related debate has been occurring in the global South, where existing development models have been found wanting. ‘Post-development’ thinking (sometimes other labels are used) is based on a critical understanding of development, both in its effects and in the imposition of ‘universal’ models of well-being and human-nature relations which are at odds with many established traditions. In the discussion we hope to explore post-development thinking and its relationship to post-growth approaches. The two readings provide an introduction by two of its leading thinkers.
Escobar, A. (2015). Degrowth, postdevelopment, and transitions: a preliminary conversation. Sustainability Science, 10(3), 451-462.
Esteva, G., & Escobar, A. (2017). Post-Development @ 25: on ‘being stuck’ and moving forward, sideways, backward and otherwise. Third World Quarterly.