Sustainable Masculinites and Degrowth

We’re happy to share the paper that Pierre Smith Khanna, our 2021 Junior Research Fellow, wrote as part of his IPE Fellowship! In 2021 the Fellowship’s thematic focus was “Feminist Perspectives in Degrowth”.

“Sustainable Masculinities and Degrowth: Pathways to Feminist Post-Growth Societies” views the climate crisis through a degrowth lens, but centers the role (hegemonic) masculinity has played in creating and sustaining the growth paradigm. Though much has already been said about the origins of economic growth, and much written about the oppressive nature of patriarchal systems with respect to women and the environment, efforts to integrate the two with the study of masculinities and the effects these processes have had on men are few and far between. This paper breaks new ground and extends an invitation to degrowth to challenge (its own) hegemonic masculinity.

The paper will accompanied by a series of podcasts, exploring what new roles men might play in bringing a non-exploitative paradigm into being, and what challenges they might face in the process.

Read the whole paper here or below!

The Fellowship is supported by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Prague Office.


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