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Schmelzer, Matthias; Burkhart, Corinna; Treu, Nina (Ed.) (2020): Degrowth in Movement(s). Exploring pathways for transformation. London: Zero Books.

Degrowth is an emerging social movement that overlaps with proposals for systemic change such as anti-globalization and climate justice, commons and transition towns, basic income and Buen Vivir. Degrowth in Movement(s) reflects on the current situation of social movements aiming at overcoming capitalism, industrialism and domination. The essays ask: What is the key idea of the respective movement? Who is active? What is the relation with the degrowth movement? What can the degrowth movement learn from these other movements and the other way around? Which common proposals, but also which contradictions, oppositions and tensions exist? And what alliances could be possible for broader systemic transformations?

Schmelzer, Matthias; Vetter, Andrea (2019): Degrowth/Postwachstum zur Einführung. Hamburg: Junius-Verlag.

Degrowth or post-growth is a dynamic field of research and the point of reference for diverse social-ecological movements. Post-growth is not just a fundamental citique of the hegemony of economic growth. It is also a vision for another society that, in the face of climate change and global inequality, outlines paths for fundamental societal change. With this volume, a first attempt at a systematic introduction is made. In this publication the history of growth and economic statistics are discussed and the main forms of critiques of the paradigm of economic growth are reconstructed: ecological, social, cultural, capitalism, feminist, industrialism as well as south-north critiques. The reader gets an overview of the most important suggestions, concepts and practices, which are also related to political classifications.
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Schmelzer, Matthias (2020): “Degrowth and the Emerging Mosaic of Alternatives”. In: Burkhart, Corinna; Schmelzer, Matthias; Treu, Nina (Ed.), Degrowth in Movement(s): Exploring pathways for transformation. Winchester / Washington: Zer0, p. 9–28.

Schmelzer, Matthias; Vetter, Andrea (2020): „Das emanzipatorische Projekt ‚Postwachstumsökonomien’: An Interview by Meret Batke, Mai Anh Ha and Bastian Lange.” In: Lange, Bastian et al. (Ed.), Postwachstumsgeographien: Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, p. 101–108.

Schmelzer, Matthias; Vetter, Andrea (2020): „Stadt für alle jenseits des Wachstums: Was kann die Stadtforschung aus der Degrowthdebatte lernen?“ In: Brokow-Loga, Anton; Eckhardt, Frank (Ed.), Postwachstumsstadt. Konturen einer solidarischen Stadtpolitik. München: oekom, p. 44–57.

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