'Degrowth and critical agrarian studies

Dr Julien-Francois Gerber

In this article, Assistant Professor of Environment and Development, Dr Julien-Francois Gerber, argues that degrowth - a radical reorganization of the rural environment - is not only indispensable but also desirable.

Degrowth refers to a radical politico-economic reorganization that leads to smaller and more equitable social metabolisms.

Although such a transition is both indispensable and desirable,the conditions of its realization require more research.

This article argues that critical agrarian studies (CAS) and degrowth can enrich each other. The Agrarian Question and the Growth Question should be addressed in concert. While degrowth should not fall into the ‘agrarian myth', CAS should not embrace the ‘myth of growth', even when green and socialist.

The article presents the ideas of one philosopher and four agrarian economists, with illustrations from Bhutan, Cuba and North America, hoping to offer a preliminary research agenda for ‘agrarian degrowth’.

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Assistant professor
Faculty
International Institute of Social Studies