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Décroissance: A Project for a Radical Transformation of Society

Barbara Muraca

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 147-169. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13581561725112


Décroissance has established itself in Southern Europe as a significant and heterogeneous societal movement, which fosters a renaissance of traditional streams of thought in social and political philosophy while opening a field for new actualisations. While the term Décroissance can be traced back to an authorised translation of Georgescu-Roegen’s ‘declining state’, the idea of Décroissance - as it is widely employed by social movements - encompasses more than the critique of GDP as a measure for well-being. It embodies a radical questioning of the way social reproduction is intended and frames a multifaceted vision for a post-growth society. The aim of this paper is the reconstruction and critical examination - from the point of view of social and political philosophy - of the main conceptual roots of Décroissance and its visions for a radical transformation of society.


Social philosophy, degrowth, autonomy

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

The Map of Moral Significance: A New Axiological Matrix for Environmental Ethics. Barbara Muraca

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Degrowth or Regrowth? Mark Whitehead

How to Get Out of the Multiple Crisis? Contours of a Critical Theory of Social-Ecological Transformation. Ulrich Brand

Coping with the Horizontal Hitch: The 'Con-Formism' of the Degrowth Alternative. Onofrio Romano

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