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Post growth thinking in India: towards sustainable egalitarian alternatives

Contributor(s): Gerber, Julien Francois [Editor] | Raina, Rajeswari S [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Orient BlackSwan 2018Description: xx, 365 p.ISBN: 9789352873937.Subject(s): Sustainable development - India | Economic development - India | Public welfare - Economic aspects - India | Economics - IndiaDDC classification: 333.70954 Summary: 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. https://www.orientblackswan.com/BookDescription?isbn=978-93-5287-393-7&t=e
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Table of contents

Introduction
Julien-François Gerber and Rajeswari S. Raina

Part I
Why Growth is not the Answer
1. Growth Creates Poverty
Vandana Shiva
2. Beyond Productivism
Socialism, Waste, Obsolescence
Aditya Nigam
3. Energetics
The Energy Principles that Define Growth
Mansoor Khan
4. Energy and Sustainability
Why Green Capitalism is an Oxymoron
Sagar Dhara

Part II
Conceptual Concerns and Contexts
5. Degrowth and All That
Insights from Economic Analysis
Vinod Vyasulu
6. Technology, Growth, and Environmental Justice
Sukumar Muralidharan
7. Developmental Context
People, State, and Contested Arenas
Ajay Dandekar
8. On Consumption and Violence
An Idea of India
Shiv Visvanathan

Part III
Elements of a Post-Growth Programme
9. GDP and its Discontents
A Note on Ideas of Economic Progress and their Relevance for India
Jayati Ghosh
10. Articulating Green Growth and Degrowth
Approaches, Practice, and Enabling Institutions
Kanchan Chopra
11. Radical Ecological Democracy
An Orchestration of Alternatives for a Post-Growth India
Ashish Kothari
12. Degrowth as Economy of Permanence
Rajni Bakshi
13. Universal Human Values for
a Post-Industrial Economy
Ganesh Prasad Bagaria and Rajul Asthana
14. Localisation
The Post-Growth Path to Genuine Prosperity
Helena Norberg-Hodge
Epilogue
Joan Martínez-Alier

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.

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