//WORKING GROUP 6
DECOLONIZING THE IMAGINARY
About This Group
Economic growth and development are central to capitalist societies, but this redefinition of well-being as consumption-based has led to wide-scale destruction of the environment as well as human suffering. Mainstream sustainability science, policy and planning have failed to address this problem. Yet even radical propositions to reduce the overconsumption of industrialized nations through degrowth struggle to devise alternatives to and visions of a world beyond capitalism. Latouche (2015) draws on the concept of the imaginary, “the capacity to see a thing as it is not” (Castoriadis 1987), to argue that our social imaginary has been colonized by economic imperatives. The imaginary must therefore be decolonized (e.g., by de-Westernizing and abolishing growth, development and commodification) in order to create lifeworlds of sustainability and well-being. In WG6, we explore concrete ways to facilitate this process, both for individual and social imaginaries.
Castoriadis, Cornelius. 1987. The imaginary institution of society. MIT Press.
Latouche, Serge. 2015. Imaginary, Decolonization of. In Giacomo D’Alisa, Giorgos Kallis, & Federico Demaria (eds.) , Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Age. London: Routledge, pp. 117–20.
Project Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
I study the diverse entanglements of living beings, especially through the lens of food and agriculture. My interests include degrowth, more-than-human geography, sustainable food systems, informal green space (such as vacant lots and street or railway verges), urban ecology, and environmental justice.
Publications and outputs
From June 26th to 29th, 2019, “2019 Hong Kong Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption” was organized at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. At GRF, Steven McGreevy, FEAST project leader, chaired two sessions “Session 2d: Changing Personal and Public Consumption: Experiences and Movements (S-15)” on the 27th and “Session 4a: Food Futures in Asia:...
World Social Science Forum (WSSF) 2018 was organized in Fukuoka, Japan for four days from Sept 25th to 28th. FEAST organized four sessions, three of which “CS03-02: The wild food basket: recreating urban and rural ecosystems as food sources” on the 25th, “CS4-07: Building a new food economy in Japan through sharing, collaboration, and commoning” on the 26th and “CS1-03: Lifeworlds of Sustainab...
On April 10-14th 2018, the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. FEAST organized three sessions on informal food system(s) and the team members made five presentations as follow: The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food practices I The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food pract...
Special Issue “Trends in the landscapes of post-growth societies: The potential of degrowth” of Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (Vol.83-01) was published in March, 2019. “Degrowth” is a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics, and an economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma, and receives attentions as it has a...