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Introduction: What is Degrowth? Degrowth is a slogan, a missile word, and a new social and intellectual movement of the North. The intention is to engage into a very contentious process: the one of making a diagnosis and a prognosis of our society. Degrowth attempts to re-politicize the debate about the much needed socio-ecological transformation, trying to affirm an alternative interpretative frame, to the detriment of the hegemonic representations (and the status quo). When the concept of sustainable development reveals its essence of mere green-washing, degrowth comes as a proposal for radical change. The aim is to overcome the post-political terrain of technocratic management and expert policy making. Take only the “green car”. It is not solving the problem when, globally, more cars travel more often to more places that are further away….

ESEE Conference 2011