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Scientific paper • 2021

The end of the line: envisioning degrowth and ecosocial justice in the resistance to the trolleybus dismantlement in Moscow

By: Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Alexander Paulsson

The city of Moscow has been going through a transformation of its surface transport network during the past decade as part of a broader policy of urban beautification. Despite a renewed interest in public transport, this policy has led to the dismantling of the trolleybus system. This was met with resistance from various groups. Bringing together scholarly discussions on urban growth coalitions...

• 2021

Could "degrowth" have the same fate as "sustainable development"? A discussion on passive revolution in the Anthropocene age

By: Nikos Trantas

The sustainable development discourse, including the modern green growth version, may have aspects that contribute to environmental and social welfare but it is a top down reform project, that aims at correcting the environmental and social externalities resulting from economic growth. It is directed by governments that abide by the logic of capital. Although in principle there is civic engagem...

Scientific paper • 2021

Mobilising Sense of Place for Degrowth? Lessons From Lancashire's Anti-fracking Activism

By: Javier Lloveras, Adam P. Marshall, Gary Warnaby, Ares Kalandides

This article foregrounds sense of place as a key concept to further advance spatial theorisations within both ecological economics and degrowth. We delineate the scope of the concept and apply it to the fracking controversy in Lancashire, UK. Specifically, we elucidate how sense of place associations were mobilised by pro- and anti-fracking actors to legitimate and advance their respective posi...

• 2021

Climate Change Inaction and Post-Reality

By: Philip J. Wilson

Blame for climate change inaction is rarely directed at a fundamental cause, the excessive complexity of society. It has given rise to post-truth, which has been largely reduced to unflattering stereotypes of the public, and post-trust, by which the public see their national institutions as increasingly distant and ineffectual. The two comprise post-reality, by which confidence in the truth is ...

• 2021

Towards a cultural politics of degrowth: prefiguration, popularization and pressure

By: Miriam Meissner

This article discusses the role of culture in political ecology, with a focus on degrowth. Environmental scientists increasingly consider systemic societal changes such as degrowth as indispensable for the effective tackling of current climate and ecological crises, while governments and civil society remain skeptical of it. To tackle this challenge, this article argues for the strategic employ...

• 2021

Degrowth: From Utopia to Reality. An action research approach to start the Degrowth dialogue

By: Michael Nieding, Brechtje Postema

How can an idea that critiques the global capitalist system persist? How can a concept that opposes growth as indicator of wealth gather more and more supporters inside and outside of academia? How can a radical theory that challenges almost any societal structure convince us that it is something we must pursue? The Degrowth movement is often referred to as utopia, and not without good reason, ...

• 2021

Growing degrowth-oriented tourism? CSR certified tour operators as change agents

By: Sabine Panzer-Krause

This chapter acknowledges the substantial role tour operators play in the tourism industry as intermediaries bundling different individual tourism offerings together. The study adopts an evolutionary approach through the analyses of tour operators' sustainability and audit reports and investigates whether German tour operators who have gained the corporate social responsibility (CSR) certificat...

• 2021

Degrowing the commoditization process in community-based tourism and local entrepreneurship

By: Ammalia Podlaszewska

This chapter presents an empirical analysis of the tourist destination of Bandung in Indonesia to discuss some of the theoretical constructs of commoditization in community-based tourism and to explore how local resources are made available as an alternative to the dominant doctrines of 'economism'. To identify whether tourism development has exacerbated the existing forms of social and spatial...

• 2021

Community-based tourism in a degrowth perspective

By: Ernest Cañada

This chapter highlights that despite the large body of existing literature on community-based tourism there is a lack of research adopting a degrowth perspective, as well as those conditions in which degrowth can happen in the case of community-based tourism. Based on the negligence of past research, the chapter explores the potentialities and limitations of community-based tourism experiences ...

• 2021

(De)growth imperative: the importance of destination resilience in the context of overtourism.

By: Martin Fontanari, Anastasia Traskevich, Hugues Seraphin

This chapter examines the topic of overtourism to propose management solutions for destination degrowth and resilience-building. The authors use a Delphi survey, having as a sample 104 tourism experts who have explored the issue of overtourism either conceptually or empirically. These tourism experts include academics, managers of tourism associations, journalists and German ministries' represe...

• 2021

Issues and cases of degrowth in tourism

By: Konstantinos Andriotis

Degrowth in tourism is the voluntary shift to rebuild destinations and local economies in a way in which consumption, production and the exploitation of resources are minimal. It looks to ensure that the direction of institutional changes and the orientation of technological development are controlled and in harmony with the environment. Degrowth involves people whose use of personal time enhan...

• 2021

Political discourse analysis of the degrowth challenge to dominant tourism narratives in Spain

By: Neil Hughes, José Mansilla

This chapter uses as a case Spanish cities such as Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao, Seville, Valencia and Barcelona, to explore the role that degrowth social movement actors and ideas have played in protest action directed at the tourism sector in recent years. The authors identify important episodes of contestation in which degrowth activists have been present. Particularly after 2015, the N...

• 2021

Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices

By: Anitra Nelson, Ferne Edwards

This collection breaks new ground by investigating applications of degrowth in a range of geographic, practical and theoretical contexts along the food chain. Degrowth challenges growth and advocates for everyday practices that limit socio-metabolic energy and material flows within planetary constraints. As such, the editors intend to map possibilities for food for degrowth to become establishe...

• 2021

Freedom of movement and degrowth

By: Rasa Pranskünienė, Dalia Perkumienė

This chapter discusses the topic of freedom of movement from the point of view of tourism and degrowth. The study analyses different scientific and legal sources to give precise answers to three questions that will make it possible to rethink the meaning of freedom of movement in tourism: (a) how are degrowth and freedom of movement interpreted in modern tourism?; (b) how is freedom of movement...

• 2021

Pushed over the periphery: downsides of degrowth on a small island - experiences of tourism degrowth on the Isle of Man

By: Brendan Canavan

This chapter identifies several negative social, cultural and environmental impacts brought about by degrowth of tourism on the Isle of Man, UK. It is pointed out that although the local economy has successfully transitioned to new industries, mainly offering financial services to the international wealthy and global business, the vernacular architecture, community facilities and natural landsc...

• 2021

The kavatzas of Gavdos: heterotopias apart from modern societies

By: Pascal Mayer

This chapter presents the results of in-depth observations and interviews of locals and tourists in the Greek island of Gavdos during 2018 and 2019 in an attempt to advance the study on antinomian travellers. The study analysed the way that tourists, the majority being regulars, used to live nude under cedar trees scattered on the beaches, the so-called kavatzas. The study remarks that the prof...

Scientific paper • 2021

Commoning Care: Feminist Degrowth Visions for a Socio-Ecological Transformation

By: Miriam Lang, Corinna Dengler

This paper addresses the question of how to organize care in degrowth societies that call for social and ecological sustainability, as well as gender and environmental justice, without prioritizing one over the other. By building on degrowth scholarship, feminist economics, the commons, and decolonial feminisms, we rebut the strategy of shifting yet more unpaid care work to the monetized econom...

• 2021

Decolonizing technology and political ecology futures

By: Susan Paulson

Rather than glorify or condemn types of technology, this commentary pursues questions about sociocultural systems that co-evolve with technology and that shape its purposes and impacts. I highlight attention among degrowth advocates to political economies that generate techno-environmental phenomena, noting participant efforts to respond to ecosocial problems by changing their own societies with attention to power and justice. In contrast, ecomodernist reliance on an authoritative voice unmarked by race/class/gender/nationality to promote global technical plans leads me to interrogate the role that unacknowledged identities may play in motivating the deployment of techno-fixes rather than sociopolitical transformation. Conclusions raise questions about a third way, ecosocialism, that brings modernist faith in largescale industrial technology together with degrowth commitment to systemic change toward more equitable and resilient worlds. Keywords: Degrowth, Ecomodernism, Decolonial, Gender, Racialization