This summer join us for a summer reading group in order to challenge, connect, critique, and organize the world around us. For our first book, we will be joined by history Professor Rajbir Singh Judge of CSU Long Beach. We will be reading Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable As Told From South Africa. Order the book now from wherever you like to purchase them!
Though the parable Julie Livingston tells is from Botswana, "the plotlines," she writes, "should be familiar as they are yours and mine as well." And indeed they are--a point we learn as she grapples with three vital necessities, water, food, and movement, in her stories about self-devouring growth. What can these lessons teach us about Punjab, California, and elsewhere, especially as drought looms? How can we rethink a model of growth predicated on uninhibited consumption? Such questions about growth, Livingston argues, force us to contend with "other politics by which distribution might proceed." These other politics are not simply awaiting recovery, demanding a return to a bygone age. Instead, how can these modes of reasoning and forms of thought help unlock a new collective imagination? We could ask, for example, what does Sikhi require of us? What is Sikhi's relation to growth and consumption? How does it teach us to argue for less? Or perhaps not?
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