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  1. What is degrowth?
    1. Definitions
    2. A word-shells
  2. Degrowth, the economy and the economist
    1. The origins
    2. The de growth and its contents: refusal of progress and development

The study of the concept of degrowth has been increasing at the end of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century, due to the awareness of an ecological crisis materialized by some multiple kinds of pollution like air, water. What is alarming is the fact that it affects everyone and especially poor people. Indeed, some observations show an increased waste of soil near the borders of developing countries. We can thus pronounce that the environmental crisis is linked to social crisis which is reflected in a continual increase of unemployment, insecurity of the workforce, changing competitive social systems due to the liberalization of public services and social protection. This is the result of the capitalist system in today's world. The term degrowth has no straight definition, because this concept is still in evolution. For some authors, however, the word degrowth results in the decrease of something.

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