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The Naturalization of Growth: Marx, the Regulation Approach and Bourdieu

  • Max Koch
Publiceringsår: 2017-07-25
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Environmental Values
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: White Horse Press

Abstract english

The paper analyzes the hegemony of the growth paradigm at the example of its naturalization in capitalist production and consumption relations. Applying a combination of theoretical elements from the Marxian tradition, the Regulation approach and Bourdieusian sociology, emphasis is placed on how the growth imperative is reflected in people’s minds and bodies. It is hegemonic because it comes across as the natural way of steering economy and society so that all people – including working people – appear to benefit from the continuation of growth. To overcome the growth paradigm activists would need to build on a crisis of the ‘objective’ structures of society.


  • Social Sciences
  • growth paradigm
  • naturalization
  • capitalism
  • Marx
  • Regulation Approach
  • Bourdieu


  • ISSN: 0963-2719
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