Quotation Blühdorn, Ingolfur. 2017. Post-capitalism, post-growth, post-consumerism? Eco-political hopes beyond sustainability. Global Discourse 7, 42-61.




As a road map for a structural transformation of socially and ecologically self-destructive consumer societies, the paradigm of sustainability is increasingly regarded as a spent force. Yet, its exhaustion seems to coincide with the rebirth of several ideas reminiscent of earlier, more radical currents of eco-political thought: liberation from capitalism, consumerism and the logic of growth. May the exhaustion of the sustainability paradigm finally re-open the intellectual and political space for the big push beyond the established socio-economic order? Looking from the perspective of social and eco-political theory, this article argues that the new narratives (and social practices) of post-capitalism, degrowth and post-consumerism cannot plausibly be read as signalling a new eco-political departure. It suggests that beyond the exhaustion of the sustainability paradigm, we are witnessing, more than anything, the further advancement of the politics of unsustainability – and that in this politics the new narratives of hope may themselves be playing a crucial role.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Global Discourse
Language English
Title Post-capitalism, post-growth, post-consumerism? Eco-political hopes beyond sustainability
Volume 7
Year 2017
Page from 42
Page to 61
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2017.1300415


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