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Post-capitalism, post-growth, post-consumerism? Eco-political hopes beyond sustainability

Blühdorn, Ingolfur (2017) Post-capitalism, post-growth, post-consumerism? Eco-political hopes beyond sustainability. Global Discourse, 7 (1). pp. 42-61. ISSN 2326-9995

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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: 02 Feb 2018 13:29
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/85101/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5524

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