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dc.contributor.authorMair, Simon
dc.contributor.authorDruckman, A.
dc.contributor.authorJackson, T.
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-11T13:32:45Z
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-18T08:40:00Z
dc.date.available2020-12-11T13:32:45Z
dc.date.available2020-12-18T08:40:00Z
dc.date.issued2020-07
dc.identifier.citationMair S, Druckman A and Jackson T (2020) A tale of two utopias: Work in a post-growth world. Ecological Economics. 173: 106653.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/18251
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we aim to contribute to the literature on post-growth futures. Modern imaginings of the future are constrained by the assumptions of growth-based capitalism. To escape these assumptions we turn to utopian fiction. We explore depictions of work in Cokaygne, a utopian tradition dating back to the 12th century, and William Morris's 19th century News from Nowhere. Cokaygne is a land of excessive consumption without work, while in News from Nowhere work is the route to the good life. These competing notions provide inspiration for a post-growth vision of work. We argue that biophysical and social dynamics mean that in a post-growth economy we are likely to have to be less productive and work more. But, this can be a utopian vision. By breaking the link between work and consumption at the level of the individual, we can remove some of the coercion in work. This would free us to do jobs that contribute to the social good, rather than generate exchange value, and empower us to fight for good work. Finally, we draw on eco-feminist analyses of capitalism to argue that by challenging labour productivity growth we can also challenge wider forces of oppression.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106653en_US
dc.rights(c) 2020 The University of Surrey. This is an Open Access article distributed under the Creative Commons CC-BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/)en_US
dc.subjectEmploymenten_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental limitsen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmentalismen_US
dc.subjectFeminismen_US
dc.subjectFuturesen_US
dc.subjectPost-capitalismen_US
dc.subjectPost-growthen_US
dc.subjectPost-worken_US
dc.subjectUtopiaen_US
dc.subjectWorken_US
dc.titleA tale of two utopias: Work in a post-growth worlden_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2020-03-12
dc.date.application2020-03-21
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionPublished versionen_US
dc.date.updated2020-12-11T13:32:53Z
refterms.dateFOA2020-12-18T08:40:22Z


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