The Indian sub-continent has long been involved in global capitalism. While some parts of India are like the Global North in terms of lifestyle and wealth, the majority is clearly part of the poor and exploited Global South.
As the state and the market became key actors in the economy, GDP growth has emerged as the central policy goal. Presently, as a rapidly growing economy with widening inequality and huge environmental problems, India needs to rethink its social–ecological transitions. Post-Growth Thinking in India discusses the relevance of ‘prosperity without growth’, or ‘post-growth’ for India, at a time when grassroots alternatives confront and question the consequences of growth.
‘Post-growth’ calls for a resizing and reorganisation of the social metabolism that would allow societies to live within their ecological means, and within democratic, equitable, and localised economies. This book presents diverse alternatives to the current growth-driven model of development.
The chapters in this book, some of which are Indian contributions to knowledge and policy, seek diverse alternatives to the current growth-driven model of development.
Julien-François Gerber is Assistant Professor of Environment and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, and is currently visiting faculty at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Rajeswari S. Raina is Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, India.
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List of Abbreviations
Foreword Stephen A. Marglin
Julien-François Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina
Why Growth is not the Answer
1. Growth Creates Poverty
2. Beyond Productivism
Socialism, Waste, Obsolescence
The Energy Principles that Define Growth
4. Energy and Sustainability
Why Green Capitalism is an Oxymoron
Conceptual Concerns and Contexts
5. Degrowth and All That
Insights from Economic Analysis
6. Technology, Growth, and Environmental Justice
7. Developmental Context
People, State, and Contested Arenas
8. On Consumption and Violence
An Idea of India
Elements of a Post-Growth Programme
9. GDP and its Discontents
A Note on Ideas of Economic Progress and their Relevance for India
10. Articulating Green Growth and Degrowth
Approaches, Practice, and Enabling Institutions
11. Radical Ecological Democracy
An Orchestration of Alternatives for a Post-Growth India
12. Degrowth as Economy of Permanence
13. Universal Human Values for
a Post-Industrial Economy
Ganesh Prasad Bagaria and Rajul Asthana
The Post-Growth Path to Genuine Prosperity
Notes on the Editors and Contributors