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Introduction

ByLyla Mehta

Conventional wisdom suggests that we live in an age of permanent scarcity. Scarcity is considered to be an inescapable and ubiquitous feature of human existence. While not denying that there are biophysical limits to natural resources and that women and men (especially the poorest and powerless among them) often encounter chronic shortages of food, water and energy, this book argues that it is now time to question universalist portrayals of scarcity and write their obituary.