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Post-Development concepts? Buen Vivir, Ubuntu and Degrowth

Aram Ziai

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Degrowth Conference Leipzig 2014


Abstract: The paper links the academic debate about Post-Development approaches in development theory with the political and philosophical concepts of Buen Vivir, Ubuntu and Degrowth and asks to what extent the latter can be seen as PD concepts, as manifestations of PD in different cultural contexts. The examination yields that Buen Vivir undoubtedly qualifies as a PD concept, but Ubuntu and Degrowth also exhibit striking similarities to PD in some respects. From the perspective of a sociology of emergences, this could indicate that we are indeed at the beginning of a new era. However, another result is that all three concepts have been faced with the criticism of functioning as an ideology of the ruling classes – there are no ‘safe’ concepts and emancipation is a continuous struggle. The paper is a first step to bring the different concepts and future visions into dialogue.

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