Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain - Conclusion
Luis I. Prádanos
Miami University, US
About Luis I.
Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Contemporary Studies at Miami University. His research focuses on ecocritical theory and environmental humanities in relation to Contemporary Iberian cultures. Specifically, Iñaki’s work combines environmental cultural studies, critical theory, and postgrowth economics. Iñaki has taught several courses on topics related to environmental humanities, urban ecology, postgrowth economics and cultures, and material ecocriticism. Some of his recent articles focus on the pedagogical implications of taking seriously the ongoing global socioecological crisis: “The Pedagogy of Degrowth.” In 2017, Iñaki edited a special section on “Contemporary Iberian Ecocriticism and New Materialisms” and co-edited a special number on “South Atlantic Ecocriticism.”
This chapter summarizes the main findings of the book, providing a reflection on the best and worst cultural strategies for challenging the dominant imaginary and creating counterhegemonic practices and narratives. It closes with a call for greater experimentation with cultural practices that move beyond the growth paradigm, as well as a plea to cultural critics to embrace environmental humanities frameworks in order to envision the massive implications of an emerging postgrowth economic culture. Postgrowth Imaginaries suggests that the only desirable way to overcome the existential crisis brought on by subscribing to the growth paradigm is to conceive of a socially just and ecologically viable postgrowth imaginary and create the conditions necessary for such a society to emerge. Postgrowth Imaginaries shows that such a transition is currently well under way in the Iberian Peninsula and is also a part of an emerging global trend that is crossing all borders.