4: Beyond the Growth Narrative: Inequality, Sustainability and the Politics of Poverty Management in the Global South

This panel rests on two conjectures. One, poverty as a conceptual category is one of the useful governmental techniques designed for governing the population in want of wellbeing. Two, inequality as a political process is being created and recreated as consequences of complex relationship between capital, class and the state, among others, in the countries of the global south. These two conjectures might offer us to think both of a theoretical possibility of a change in viewpoint to conceive the issues of inequality and its causes in a better way, and of a practical possibility of essaying a politics in the field of power with an aim of ‘transformative social development’. The panel seeks to explore various socio-political processes by which the issues of inequality are taking new shape, and recreating confrontation, conflict and social change in consequences of neoliberal reforms like privatisation, free trade and land acquisition, on the one hand and, of emergence and implementation of so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs), on the other. The panel aims to examine with new theoretical and empirical reflections whether or not going beyond the growth narrative will constitute an alternative perspective for framing a sustainable, in every sense, future. This panel invites paper proposals from the scholars who are working on the global south, and are trying to understand the political consequences of pursuance of growth based capitalist accumulation as well as implementation of different sustainable development goals. The scholars are encouraged, though are not restricted, to submit paper proposal that addresses the issues of inequality ethnographically but multi-disciplinarily, through preferably drawing comparison between two different ethnographic regions from the countries of the Global South. Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be emailed to the panel chair.

Panel chair

Dayabati Roy, University of Helsinki, dayabati.roy@helsinki.fi