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

  • Max Koch
Publishing year: 2018-01-06
Language: English
Pages: 9-27
Publication/Series: Environmental Values
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: White Horse Press

Abstract english

The paper analyses the hegemony of the growth paradigm through the example of its naturalisation 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 becomes hegemonic because it appears to be the natural way of steering economy and society. As a result, 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
  • naturalisation
  • capitalism
  • Marx
  • Regulation Approach
  • Bourdieu


  • ISSN: 0963-2719
Max Koch
E-mail: max [dot] koch [at] soch [dot] lu [dot] se


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