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Limits without scarcity, or why Malthus was wrong

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‘Planetary boundaries’, ‘post-growth’, ‘degrowth’; as Andrew Dobson notes ‘limits are back’ and it feels like Groundhog Day. Geographers, ever since Harvey’s 1974 essay on Malthus have rejected the analytical premises and traced the political implications of the concept of limits. In this talk instead I want to reclaim the notion of limits, distinguishing it from scarcity and Malthusianism, while arguing that there is something new under the sun in the reincarnation of limits in the degrowth literature.

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