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Author Livingston, Julie, author
Title Self-devouring growth : a planetary parable as told from Southern Africa / Julie Livingston
Imprint Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2019
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  HC930.Z9 E5 2019    AVAILABLE    30520020880036
 人文社會聯圖  HC930.Z9 E5 2019    AVAILABLE    30610020615621
Descript xiii, 160 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Critical global health: evidence, efficacy, ethnography
Critical global health
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-152) and index
"Under capitalism, economic growth is seen as the key to collective wellbeing. In Self-Devouring Growth Julie Livingston upends this notion, showing that while consumption-driven growth may seem to benefit a particular locale, it produces a number of unacknowledged, negative consequences that ripple throughout the wider world. Structuring the book as a parable in which the example of Botswana has lessons for the rest of the globe, Livingston shows how fundamental needs for water, food, and transportation become harnessed to what she calls self-devouring growth: an unchecked and unsustainable global pursuit of economic growth that threatens catastrophic environmental destruction. As Livingston notes, improved technology alone cannot stave off such destruction; what is required is a greater accounting of the web of relationships between humans, nonhuman beings, plants, and minerals that growth entails. Livingston contends that by failing to understand these relationships and the consequences of self-devouring growth we may be unknowingly consuming our future"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- Botswana
Consumption (Economics) -- Environmental aspects -- Botswana
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