Complementarity between the EJ movement and degrowth on the European semiperiphery: an empirical study

Domazet, Mladen and Ančić, Branko (2019) Complementarity between the EJ movement and degrowth on the European semiperiphery: an empirical study. Ecological economics, 157. pp. 120-128. ISSN 0921-8009

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Abstract

IN ENGLISH: Inspired by the thesis that an alliance between degrowth and environmental justice (EJ) movements is essential (Akbulut et al., this issue), this paper presents the findings of empirical research concerning the pitfalls and possibilities of such an alliance as understood by prominent Croatian EJ movement leaders. We outline the context of the Croatian EJ movement through two specifics – the country's semiperipheral position in the global world-system and the ecological distribution conflicts (EDCs) characteristic of the post-socialist societal metabolism in Europe. The research explores the theory-practice nexus, materialist vs. post-materialist value base, and the potential of ‘a politico-metabolic reconfiguration’ (ibid.) for the proposed alliance. Our findings indicate a hitherto limited, but positive potential for degrowth to provide a theoretical framework for the semiperipheral EJ movement. Both the EJ movement and degrowth demonstrably share a materialist motivation, but not for reasons of ‘under-development’ of semiperipheral societies. Our analysis concludes that semiperipheral EJ activists are open to a politico-metabolic reconfiguration proposal, though they are presently not aware that a viable reconfiguration strategy is proffered by the degrowth research community. On the European semiperiphery, an alliance between theory and movement would benefit from a clearer explication of such a strategy. --------------- IN CROATIAN: Inspirirano tezom da je povezivanje pokreta odrast i pokreta ekološke pravde (EJ) nužno (Akbulut i sur., ovaj broj), u članku su predstavljeni nalazi empirijskog istraživanja stavova ključnih aktera pokreta ekološke pravde u Hrvatskoj o zamkama i mogućnostima povezivanja tih dvaju pokreta. Ocrtavamo kontekst pokreta ekološke pravde u Hrvatskoj kroz dvije specifičnosti – poluperiferijski položaj zemlje u globalnom svjetskom sistemu te ekološku distribuciju konflikata (EDCs) karakterističnu za post-socijalistički socijetalni metabolizam u Europi. Istraživanjem se ispituje povezanost teorije i prakse, materijalistički nasuprot post-materijalističkom vrijednosnom okviru, te potencijal „političko-metaboličke rekonfiguracije“ (ibid.) za predloženo povezivanje. Naši nalazi upućuju na do sada ograničen, ali pozitivan potencijal odrasta za davanje teorijskog okvira pokretu ekološke pravde na poluperiferiji. I pokret odrast, i pokret ekološke pravde očigledno dijele materijalističke pobude, ali ne iz razloga „pod-razvijenosti“ društava poluperiferije. Naš je zaključak da su aktivisti pokreta ekološke pravde na poluperiferiji otvoreni za prijedlog političko-metaboličke rekonfiguracije, iako trenutno nisu svjesni da istraživači odrasta predlažu izvedivu strategiju rekonfiguracije. Na europskoj bi poluperiferiji jasnije objašnjenje te strategije bilo na korist povezivanju teorije i aktivističkog pokreta.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English. - Title in Croatian: Komplementarnost pokreta ekološke pravde i odrasta na europskoj poluperiferiji: empirijsko istraživanje. - Free copies until January, 12 2019: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1Y6Tm3Hb~0IW5T. - Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.006
Uncontrolled Keywords: Degrowth, environmental movement, environmental justice, semiperiphery, materialism, theory-practice (odrast, ekološki pokret, ekološka pravda, poluperiferija, materijalizam, teorija-praksa)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 11:05
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2019 11:26
URI: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/id/eprint/821

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