The programme working group of the Leipzig Degrowth Conference selected a couple of texts as an introduction into the degrowth debate. This list is not complete, but meant to give a first start.
Team of the Degrowth-Conference 2014: Our understanding of degrowth
Demaria et al. 2013: What is Degrowth? From an activist slogan to a social movement
> download as pdf.
This article discusses the definition, origins, evolution, practices and construction of degrowth. It explains degrowth’s multiple sources and strategies, improves its basic definition, also with the aim to counter reductionist criticisms and misconceptions.
Martínez-Alier, Joan 2012: Environmental Justice and Economic Degrowth: An Alliance between Two Movements.
Capitalism Nature Socialism. Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 51-73. > download as pdf.
This article describes different scientific and social movements dealing with environmental and social justice. It discusses concepts, controversies, similarities and possibilities of alliances.
Muraca, Barbara 2013: Décroissance: A Project for a Radical Transformation of Society
in: Environmental Values 22 (2013): 147–169. The article can be downloaded here.
This article explains the history of the concept of “décroissance” and analyses some of the most important sources of inspiration for degrowth, such as environmental justice, post-development, and political ecology. In the text, degrowth is understood as a radical project for societal transformation.
Passadakis, Alexis / Schmelzer, Matthias 2011: 12 lines of flight for just degrowth
blog post 2011 at www.postwachstum.net, also available in German, French, Japanese and Finnish, a discussion paper for Attac Germany.
Schmelzer, Matthias 2014: “Wachstumsrücknahme”, “Postwachstum”, “Entwachsen”? An introduction to concepts and approaches of the German degrowth movement
blog post, July 2014 at leipzig.degrowth.org, which provides a rough sketch of different currents of the Germans-speaking growth critical scene and degrowth movement.
You can find more texts under www.degrowth.org/publications.