Matthias Schmelzer

Matthias Schmelzer is an economic historian, social theorist and climate activist. He is a post-doctoral researcher at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and is active at the Laboratory for New Economic Ideas in Leipzig, Germany. His main interests include the political economy of capitalism, social and environmental history, climate catastrophe, neoliberalism and alternative economics. He is author of ‘The Hegemony of Growth. The OECD and the Making of the Economic Growth Paradigm’ (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and co-author of ‘The Future Is Degrowth: A Guide to a World beyond Capitalism’ (Verso, 2022).

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Degrowth and Masculinities: Towards a gendered understanding of degrowth subjectivities

In the dominant cultural imaginary of growth societies, this figure of the growth subject is powerfully gendered: it is coded as masculine.

September 19, 2023

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Degrowth and the Emerging Mosaic of Alternatives

This emerging mosaic of alternatives for social-ecological transformation provides fertile ground for the development of ideas, practices and actions leading to a good life for all.

June 11, 2020

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Introducing Degrowth into Economics

But by systematically presenting a degrowth theory from one particular perspective – an ecological economics perspective with anti-capitalist leanings – the book is a welcome addition to degrowth scholarship.

April 9, 2019

Undoing the Ideology of Growth

Degrowth aims at undoing growth.

July 8, 2016

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