Contributors: Gallardo, Lucía (ICTA - UAB)
I am Lucia. During the last 15 years I have been working on environmental issues. I am interested in discussing the Sumak Kawsay and the limits of the capitalist modernity and sharing the idea to overcome “the” capitalist relationship and to be open to a deep relationship with the “Others”.
Scientific paper contribution: Sumak Kawsay and Degrowth: Towards new struggles against extractive development
This paper is co-authored by Diego Andreucci.
Abstract: The crisis of capitalism affects all spheres of social reproduction; it is an integral crisis of the current "civilization paradigm". Contemporary anti-capitalist politics must therefore struggle for a thoroughly distinct society and imaginary. In this paper, we critically evaluate two narratives which in recent years have put forward demands for a radically alternative paradigm, namely "degrowth" and Sumak Kawsay or "Buen Vivir" (living well). We explore their proposals for breaking away from both the capitalist "growth imperative" and the promise of "development" as its necessary discursive corollary. Using the Yasuni ITT initiative as an entry point, we look at "post-extractivism" as an exemplary case of such a combined struggle. We find that demands to "leave oil in the soil" dialectically integrate (northern) movements for material degrowth with (southern) struggles for post-extractivist alternatives. We thus claim that, as post-extractivism shows, "degrowth" and "Buen Vivir" must complement each other in an integral critique of capitalism as a civilization paradigm.