Contributors: Cattaneo, Claudio, Dr. (R&D)
Nowtopian, involved in squatting, organic farming. bicycle transportation and autonomous scientific research
Scientific paper contribution 1: Basic Income and Degrowth?
Abstract: The paper starts from a literature review on the relationship basic income and degrowth and then develops some criticisms for which basic income might not be an adequate degrowth policy. It finally discusses the extent for which basic income might be a plausible degrowth proposal, but only as a social policy related to economic crisis (unwanted degrowth) therefore only of temporary, of secondary importance, towards a sustainable degrowth transition.
Scientific paper contribution 2: Eco-communities: implementing degrowth from the grassroots
Abstract: Eco-communities are specifically planned and set up for people to come and live together with the goal of living and working according to ecological principles by promoting a degree of sharing (see also work-sharing) and pursuing well-being through more sustainable life-styles, direct democracy and a degree of autonomy. Participative DIY non-monetary practices are applied for agricultural, material and service provisioning which express the idea of convivial places where the means of production are held in common. Renewable energies or energy-conserving means of production and transport, such as bicycles are favoured. Materials and production processes tend to be low-impact and often items are recycled from waste or re-used or repaired Eco-communities can be considered as both material and immaterial commons because they manage land and physical resources communally while, at the same time, set norms, beliefs, institutions and processes that empower a common identity which in turn contributes to the preservation and reproduction of the community.
Scientific paper contribution 3: Civil and Uncivil Actors for a Degrowth Society
The paper is co-authored by Ph.D. Giacomo D'Alisa, Dr Claudio Cattaneo
Abstract: Within the context of the ecological crisis and technocratic drift of western nations whose overarching goal is economic growth, a plea for degrowth is emerging. In this essay, the concept of degrowth is adopted as an interpretative frame to describe a variety of forms of grassroots activism, mainly across crisis-ridden Europe. Particular attention is devoted to the distinction between forms of alternative activism that respect conventional societal norms and forms of resistance that fundamentally reject some of the key tenets of contemporary market economies. These two forms of grassroots mobilization, whose actors we define, respectively, as ‘civil’ and ‘uncivil’, constitute different (albeit perhaps complementary) imaginaries emerging out of the civil society arena, thus likely to lead to a profound reconsideration of authority (and legitimacy). The integration of both dimensions may contribute to the construction of a new degrowth society. Special Session: Citizens vs Markets: How Civil Society is Rethinking the Economy in a Time of Crises
Scientific paper contribution 4: Care and Degrowth
The paper is co-authored by Ph.D. Giacomo D'Alisa, Marco Deriu
Abstract: Care is the daily action performed by human beings for their welfare and for the welfare of their community. The community refers to the ensemble of people being in proximity, and with which every human being lives, such as the family, friendships or the neighbourhood. In these spaces, as well in the society as a whole, an enormous quantity of work is devoted to sustenance, reproduction and to the contentment of human relations. Unpaid work is the term used in feminist economics to account for the free work devoted to such tasks. Feminists have denounced for years the undervaluation of work for bodily and personal care, and the related undervaluation of the subjects delegated to undertake it, i.e. women (Jochimsen and Knobloch, 1997). Feminists continue to affirm the unique role that care has in the wellbeing of humans. This is not simply because this unpaid work exceeds the total quantity of paid work performed in the market space (Picchio, 2003).