Blühdorn, Ingolfur (2017) Post-capitalism, post-growth, post-consumerism? Eco-political hopes beyond sustainability. Global Discourse. pp. 1-20. ISSN 2326-9995
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As a road map for a structural transformation of socially and ecologically self-destructive consumer societies, the paradigm of sustainability is increasingly regarded as a spent force. Yet, its exhaustion seems to coincide with the rebirth of several ideas reminiscent of earlier, more radical currents of eco-political thought: liberation from capitalism, consumerism and the logic of growth. May the exhaustion of the sustainability paradigm finally re-open the intellectual and political space for the big push beyond the established socio-economic order? Looking from the perspective of social and eco-political theory, this article argues that the new narratives (and social practices) of postcapitalism, degrowth and post-consumerism cannot plausibly be read as signalling a new eco-political departure. It suggests that beyond the exhaustion of the sustainability paradigm, we are witnessing, more than anything, the further advancement of the politics of unsustainability - and that in this politics the new narratives of hope may themselves be playing a crucial role.
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|Keywords:||Politics of unsustainability; rebirth of radical ecology; third modernity; denial; simulation|
|Divisions:||Departments > Sozioökonomie > Gesellschaftswandel und Nachhaltigkeit|
|Version of the Document:||Published|
|Depositing User:||ePub Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||21 Apr 2017 12:06|
|Last Modified:||21 Apr 2017 12:06|