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Pachakuti: Indigenous perspectives, buen vivir, sumaq kawsay and degrowth


  • Bob Thomson


Bob Thomson argues that understanding the limits to growth for our finite planet is slowly gaining currency due to the (mostly) European sustainable degrowth ‘movement’ and a plurinational Latin American cosmovision which is largely indigenous but also criollo. These visions challenge us to decolonize our minds, as well as our economies. Thomson introduces a number of writers and perspectives on ‘degrowth’ and suggests that a synthesis of indigenous concepts of ‘living well’ with western critiques of our unsustainable industrial ‘model’ may hold promise for a way out of the multiple environmental, economic and social crises that we face.

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  • Bob Thomson, 2011. "Pachakuti: Indigenous perspectives, buen vivir, sumaq kawsay and degrowth," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 54(4), pages 448-454, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:54:y:2011:i:4:p:448-454

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    1. Sandra Waddock, 2016. "Foundational Memes for a New Narrative About the Role of Business in Society," Humanistic Management Journal, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 91-105, September.

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