Convivial Futures

Views from a Post-Growth Tomorrow

What steps are needed to make life better and more convivial? The Second Convivialist Manifesto (2020) has presented a short diagnosis of the current crises and sketches of a possible and desirable future. It has been a necessary work of theoretical synthesis, but preserving a viable world also requires passion. It is thus urgent to show what people would gain from a shift to a post-neoliberal and post-growth convivialist future. This volume includes a theoretical debate on convivialism which reflects dystopias and shows the multiple and major obstacles that convivialism will have to face. Mainly, however, the contributors to this volume create sketches of a convivial future and collect accounts of another future world which is attractive for as many as possible.

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19 April 2022, 212 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-5664-4
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Frank Adloff

Frank Adloff, Universität Hamburg, Deutschland

Alain Caillé

Alain Caillé, Université Paris X, Frankreich

1. Why did you choose this topic?

We currently live in a world of many crises: war, huge social inequalities, climate change, rise of illiberal regimes, mass extinction of species etc. Criticizing these processes is not enough. We need a sketch of how a more convivial future may look like. Thus, it is urgent to show what people would gain from a shift to a post-neoliberal and post-growth future. It would be a world in which, at least in the richest countries, living better means less material wealth, with less money for the wealthy or upper middle classes, and which stops exploiting humans and non-human beings.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

The volume »Convivial Futures« brings together contributions that address the above mentioned questions and attempt to create sketches of a convivial future. The primary objective is to collect accounts of another future world, which is attractive for many different people.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

Many social movements and researchers think about an alternative to current developments. Concrete utopias are needed more than ever. The book wants to enter into a dialogue with all those who are interested in a different future and who are engaged in the elaboration and implementation of concrete utopias – practically as well as intellectually.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

With a realistic political insider: Angela Merkel, for example. Now that she is without political responsibility, I would like to discuss with her what should actually be changed politically, socially, ecologically and economically and where she sees potential for change but also resistance to it.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

»Convivial Futures« addresses the question what steps are needed to make life better and more convivial and consequently tries to show what people would gain from a shift to a convivialist future.

Author(s)
Frank Adloff / Alain Caillé (eds.)
Book title
Convivial Futures Views from a Post-Growth Tomorrow
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
212
ISBN
978-3-8394-5664-4
DOI
10.14361/9783839456644
Commodity Group
1521
BIC-Code
HPS JPA
BISAC-Code
PHI019000 POL010000 SOC041000
THEMA-Code
QDTS JPA
Release date
19 April 2022
Topics
Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, Zeitdiagnose, Natur, Politik
Readership
Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Cultural Studies, Environmental Humanities, Philosophy, Social Movements, NGO's
Keywords/Tags
Conviviality, Convivialism, Future, Justice, Anthropocene, Politics, Society, Economy, Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Diagnosis of Our Time, Political Science, Philosophy
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