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- n. Plural form of downshifter.
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There does seem to be something new in this eternal search, with the Tiny House People, neo-homesteaders, Slow Foodies (and Slow Parents, Slow Fashionistas, etc) and downshifters, to name a few.
Forbes interviewed several downshifters to see what life brought them after a big change.
The good news, as downshifters illustrate on an individual level, is that these decisions can be unmade as well.
After “escaping” the system, many downshifters fail to engage politically.
I would argue, as Professor Michael Maniates does in Confronting Consumption, that a portion of the hours downshifters win from working fewer hours should be dedicated to the “collective struggle aimed at transforming institutions that drive consumerism and overconsumption.”
There are the downshifters, those who voluntarily live simply, unplugging from commercial culture, working and buying less.
Regardless of the critique, downshifters help prove that there’s a functional, enjoyable alternative to a fifty-hour-plus workweek, second and third jobs, etc.