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Degrowth for transformational alternatives as radical social work practice
Social Work Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
KU Leuven, Belgium.
2019 (English)In: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 417-433Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Historically, and in modern times, social workers have been culpable in perpetuating the very systems of oppression that we seek to eliminate. This happens as we are part of cultures and economies that operate out of the growth ideology. Acting in accordance with the growth ideology does not lead to the outcomes that we strive for as professional social workers. Rather, the growth ideology results in growing social inequalities and increasing ecological injustices around the world. Social work can, instead, embrace an ecosocial lens and promote degrowth approaches for transformational alternatives. Rather than reinforcing the existing systems of injustice and oppression, radical social work can take an activist role and bring about urgent and radical changes to promote ecological justice through social and ecological well-being. Examples from radical social work in local and international communities demonstrate the possibility of degrowth for transformational alternatives as radical social work practice.

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Bristol: Policy Press, 2019. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 417-433
Keywords [en]
degrowth; ecological justice; ecosocial; ecosocial work; transformation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30828DOI: 10.1332/204986019X15688881497178OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30828DiVA, id: diva2:1364891
Available from: 2019-10-22 Created: 2019-10-22 Last updated: 2019-11-28Bibliographically approved

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