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by Éric Pineault, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, and Research Group on Post-Growth Societies, University of Jena, Germany Growth in a capitalist society has multiple meanings and implications, as does the specter of its breakdown or end. It is a material fact, a monetary representation of economic scale and also an idea, a central […]

by Federico Demaria, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain “Growth for the sake of growth” remains the credo of all governments and international institutions. Economic growth is presented as the panacea to all the world’s problems: poverty, inequality, sustainability, you name it. Left-wing and right-wing policies differ only on how […]

by Anna Saave-Harnack, University of Jena; Germany, Corinna Dengler, University of Vechta; Germany, and Barbara Muraca, Oregon State University, USA The term “degrowth” might lead many to think of shrinking economies following the financial crisis of 2007. But this is not what degrowth is about. The activist slogan “their recession is not our degrowth!” clarifies […]

by Gabriel Sakellaridis, University of Athens, Greece It is considered axiomatic in capitalist economies that economic growth is essential for a country to ensure prosperity for its citizens. The allure of growth, however, should not be understood as merely a set of dominant ideas prevalent in public discourse and scientific paradigms. The deification of growth […]

by Jorge Rojas Hernández, Universidad de Concepción, Chile In its relatively short history, Chile has undergone various economic, social, cultural, and political regimes. Some governments promised reforms or revolutions, but in doing so caused ever deeper conflicts. The Frente Popular government, a center-left alliance, took over in 1938 but did not last long. In 1964, […]

by Ariel Salleh, University of Sydney, Australia and member of ISA Research Committees on Environment and Society (RC24) and Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change (RC48) Ecological feminist analyses grow out of everyday life praxis, so they often question the taken-for-granted premises of social movements framed top-down by established political ideologies. For example, during […]

by Lena Lavinas, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Guilherme Leite Gonçalves, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil In Latin America, the 1980s brought the end of the military dictatorships, which had stifled the forces of social change for decades. But while transition to democracy expanded the formal circle of citizenship, it also […]

by Ayşe Buğra, Boğaziçi University, Turkey Since the 1990s, populism has been a widely used term to designate a new type of non-liberal ideology that characterizes certain political parties and their leaders in a wide variety of countries. A moral claim to exclusive representation – where the legitimacy of all opposition can be denied – […]

by Ramiro Carlos Humberto Caggiano Blanco, University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Natalia Teresa Berti, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia The commodities boom of the 2000s enabled the governments of Argentina and Brazil to adopt policies of re-industrialization combined with social integration. These governments re-nationalized strategic companies, partially (re-)regulated the labor market, promoted a minimum income, […]

by Justyna Kajta, University of Wrocław, Poland The growing support for nationalist and right-wing populist parties has been of concern for sociologists and democratic policy-makers in many countries in recent years. In Poland, radical nationalist organizations have been more visible since 2015, when the right-wing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party won the parliamentary elections. […]