About Less Is More by Jason Hickel

In March we will start the first edition of our book club by reading Less Is More by Jason Hickel. On this page we give a short summary of the book, introduce the author, and will give some extra resources on the book.

About the book

The “degrowth” movement became known in Europe in the late 2000s. Degrowthers argue that economic growth — currently, a central aim of most governments — is inextricably linked with energy and resource use. The more these go up, the more difficult it becomes to reduce carbon emissions. Less is More is one of the first books on the subject from a non-academic publisher and for a general audience. The title can be a bit misleading, Less is More is not just a book on the traditional concept of degrowth but it is also a great introduction to the ecological crisis and a powerful analysis of the best solution to this crisis: a new economic model and a new way of considering our relationship with nature. In the words of the author: "degrowth is not just about ecology. It is also about the promise of a happier, more solidary and more convivial society"

About the author

Born in Swaziland, Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His latest research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics. Which are the subjects of his two most recent books: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions and Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World. In addition to his academic work, Jason Hickel regularly writes for The Guardian and Foreign Policy. He has received several teaching awards, including the ASA/HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching Anthropology.

Some extra resources

Curious to know more about Less Is More? Here are some resources that can tell you more about the book and author:

Not sure if this book is right for you? We carefully selected some very positive parts of Goodreads reviews to convince you to join our book club this month:

"Absolutely essential reading for anyone even marginally concerned about climate change. Draws insights from ecology, history, anthropology and psychology to argue that transitioning to a post-capitalist economy is our only shot at avoiding ecological collapse."

"This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to join the solutions and conversations on ecological collapse, warming temperatures, and environmental justice."

"This book was bleak, absolutely necessary, and so thought-provoking. This one is a must-read."

"What a brilliant book! It's just what we need ... to desperately understand the world we inhabit. It's also incredibly hopeful with a diverse range of studies and ideas of 'how we might begin to heal'."

"A book I want all of my friends and family to read and one I will no doubt be recommending to many. Brilliant read!"

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