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Max Koch

Max Koch

FD och habilitation i sociologi från Freie Universität Berlin | Professor

Max Koch

Beyond the growth imperative and neoliberal doxa: Expanding alternative societal spaces through deliberative citizen forums on needs satisfaction.

Författare

  • Max Koch
  • Jayeon Lindellee
  • Johanna Alkan Olsson

Summary, in English

Are there indications for the neoliberal hegemony in economy and society to come to an end? Are people already imagining a future within environmental limits and beyond the growth imperative? Theoretically, building upon Marx and Bourdieu, we reconstruct the ideological impact that capitalism, in general, and neoliberalism, in particular, has on the ways we think, feel and make sense of our environmental and social context. Empirically, we analyse qualitative data from eleven deliberative citizen forums on needs satisfaction that we carried out in 2020 in Sweden. Theoretical and empirical results point to a weakening of capitalist and, particularly, neoliberal ideology. In the forums, this became obvious in the discussions of critical issues such as space use, labour market-generated inequalities, societal norms regarding upward mobility and individual ideas about career and happiness. There is furthermore significant intersection between what researchers recommend in terms of “eco-social” policy measures to initiate transformational change and what citizens view as necessary in this respect. Since deliberative citizen forums can provide opportunities of critical reflection and imagining alternative ways of satisfying fundamental human needs in sustainable ways, they can play a valuable role in the more general effort of igniting “counterfire” (Bourdieu) to neoliberalism and developing postgrowth economies and societies.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialhögskolan
  • Centrum för ekonomisk demografi
  • Centrum för miljö- och klimatvetenskap (CEC)
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publiceringsår

2021-07-29

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

168-183

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Real-world Economics Review

Issue

96

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

P A E News

Ämne

  • Social Work

Nyckelord

  • capitalism
  • neoliberalism
  • degrowth
  • alternative societal spaces
  • deliberative citizen forums
  • Sweden

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Sustainable Welfare for a New Generation of Social Policy

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1755-9472