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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Degrowth calls for the abolishment of economic growth as a social objective and signifies a desired direction where societies will use less natural resources and organize to live very differently than today. This article traces the origins of degrowth from theorists of the 1970s, to the French activist movement of décroissance in the 2000s, to the contemporary international activist-researcher movement. We identify 10 degrowth theses concerned with the limits to - and of - growth, the relationship between growth, degrowth, and democratic politics, and the everyday and institutional alternatives that can facilitate a degrowth transition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


  • Capitalism
  • Care
  • Commons
  • Democracy
  • Ecological economics
  • Economic crisis
  • Gross domestic product (GDP)
  • Limits to growth
  • Political ecology
  • Post-development
  • Social metabolism
  • Social movements
  • Sustainability
  • Well-being


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