Queering the Growth Paradigm: A feminist critical discourse analysis

University essay from Lunds universitet/Graduate School; Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Development Studies; Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender

Abstract: The European Green Deal is an example of a growth-oriented environmental policy approach. However, from the perspective of Degrowth, the narrative of unlimited growth is criticized. Therefore, this thesis analyses resistant texts in reaction to the set of environmental policy initiatives proposed by the European Green Deal. To address the underlying power relations that constitute a dependency on economic growth, this thesis follows the threedimensional model of Critical Discourse Analysis, as conceptualized by Fairclough, with a queer-feminist perspective. The goal is to address how the social practices within a growth-dependent economy affect the discourse practices of criticising growth. A queer approach, motivated by the conceptualization of Power and Knowledge by Foucault, is needed to address the knowledge production and reproduction of hegemonic assumptions about gender within an environmental discourse.

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