Care Not Growth: Imagining a Subsistence Economy for All


Di Chiro, Giovanna. 2019. "Care Not Growth: Imagining a Subsistence Economy for All." The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 21 (2): 303-11. 

Author: Giovanna Di Chiro

Keywords: care work, climate justice, green economy, social reproduction, solidarity economy, subsistence perspective


"In this essay, I want to applaud Shue’s long-standing commitment to basic human rights, poverty alleviation, and advocacy of climate justice in his social and environmental policy scholarship. In the spirit of critical solidarity, I also want to probe a bit more into what I perceive to be (1) the assumptions underlying the ‘non-carbon energy system’ prospective scenario, which, I believe, relies too confidently on the rationality and efficacy of the ‘green economy’ and (2) the assumptions underlying a binary opposition between what might be considered a pre-modern, subsistence stage of development, which the privileged have a moral obligation to help others overcome, and the eco-modernist, post-subsistence future, which the green economy’s post-carbon, techno-optimist ambitions appear to promise" (Di Chiro 2019, 303-4).

Topics: Economies, Care Economies, Ecological Economics, Environment, Gender

Year: 2019

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