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I argue that the degrowth movement reflects the values of a particular social group, namely the well-educated European middle class that share progressive-green-cosmopolitan values. This feature creates significant barriers for its dissemination among lower-income social groups in other parts of the world. There is an important difference between frugality as a choice and frugality as a social condition. In order to elaborate on this, I challenge a couple of theses put forward in the degrowth literature.

Ecological Economics, vol. 161, July 2019, pp. 257-260