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Saving practices – considering degrowth in low-budget urbanity


As a consequence of the financial and economic crisis politics and society are becoming increasingly determined by scarceness. Through the European fiscal package and debt brakes a strict austerity policy has been imposed on national constitutions and the resulting cuts in public spending have affected the lives of citizens themselves. This represents the “top-down variant” of the imperative. In contrast, a reassessment of frugality – bottom up – can be observed in everyday practices: this is characterised on the one side by a de-stigmatising of low price consumption directed at consumption potential (e.g. “Thrift is cool”]); on the other side it is articulated in a general critique of the capitalist economy’s growth ideology. Here cultures of sharing and exchange emerge, representative of a self-imposed frugality, and in the eyes of their advocates, harbingers of a newly emerging economy of “cooperative consumption” (Botsman/Rogers 2010).

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