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Sharing, Togetherness and Intentional Degrowth

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Helen Jarvis



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).


This article proposes a social phenomenology of intentional sharing and togetherness from a degrowth perspective: extending human relations instead of market relations; deepening democracy; defending ecosystems; and realising a more equal global distribution of wealth. Social phenomenology looks beyond individual mutual exchange to the rich but fragile social construction of collectively negotiated ethical purpose. Intentional communities of cohousing are identified as part of a solution to dismantle privatised, conspicuous consumption. This approach challenges the tendency in popular sharing economy discourse to conflate different types of togetherness, highlighting instead the social significance of skilful cooperation and conviviality in groups and associations.10.1177/0309132517746519

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Author(s): Jarvis H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2017

Volume: 43

Issue: 2

Pages: 256-275

Print publication date: 01/04/2019

Online publication date: 06/12/2017

Acceptance date: 01/10/2017

Date deposited: 30/10/2017

ISSN (print): 1477-0288

ISSN (electronic): 0309-1325

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0309132517746519


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