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"Öar av välstånd i ett hav av fattigdom" - Ideologin bakom begreppet hållbar utveckling

Dzebo, Adis LU (2010) STVK01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Sustainable Development is a widely acknowledged term in today's society. However, because of its vagueness and varying definitions, it is also a very contested term. This essay will focus on the World Commission on Environment and Development’s (WCED) Brundtland Report of 1987, which is also known as 'Our Common Future'. The report's analysis seeks to examine the underlying ideology behind the term 'Sustainable Development'. Using Critical Discourse Analysis as a tool, this essay will reveal the neoliberal agenda behind the Brundtland Commission. This agenda serves to sustain the 'hegemonic discourse order’, which gives priority to development and growth over environment and ecology. The result is that the effects emanating from Our... (More)
Sustainable Development is a widely acknowledged term in today's society. However, because of its vagueness and varying definitions, it is also a very contested term. This essay will focus on the World Commission on Environment and Development’s (WCED) Brundtland Report of 1987, which is also known as 'Our Common Future'. The report's analysis seeks to examine the underlying ideology behind the term 'Sustainable Development'. Using Critical Discourse Analysis as a tool, this essay will reveal the neoliberal agenda behind the Brundtland Commission. This agenda serves to sustain the 'hegemonic discourse order’, which gives priority to development and growth over environment and ecology. The result is that the effects emanating from Our Common Future have led to a removal of the environment discourse from the realm of 'Sustainable Development' and that the development discourse has shifted from “limits to growth” to “limitless growth”.
However, we can also observe the emergence of another and increasingly important discourse; a discourse which does not focus on constant growth in the developed world. This discourse aims to re-define 'prosperity' as people’s ability to flourish instead of a measure of material wealth. (Less)
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Dzebo, Adis LU
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STVK01 20101
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Sustainable Development, Hegemonic Discourse, Critical Discourse Analysis, Our Common Future
language
Swedish
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1567340
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2010-04-22 12:36:10
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  abstract     = {Sustainable Development is a widely acknowledged term in today's society. However, because of its vagueness and varying definitions, it is also a very contested term. This essay will focus on the World Commission on Environment and Development’s (WCED) Brundtland Report of 1987, which is also known as 'Our Common Future'. The report's analysis seeks to examine the underlying ideology behind the term 'Sustainable Development'. Using Critical Discourse Analysis as a tool, this essay will reveal the neoliberal agenda behind the Brundtland Commission. This agenda serves to sustain the 'hegemonic discourse order’, which gives priority to development and growth over environment and ecology. The result is that the effects emanating from Our Common Future have led to a removal of the environment discourse from the realm of 'Sustainable Development' and that the development discourse has shifted from “limits to growth” to “limitless growth”.
However, we can also observe the emergence of another and increasingly important discourse; a discourse which does not focus on constant growth in the developed world. This discourse aims to re-define 'prosperity' as people’s ability to flourish instead of a measure of material wealth.},
  author       = {Dzebo, Adis},
  keyword      = {Sustainable Development,Hegemonic Discourse,Critical Discourse Analysis,Our Common Future},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Öar av välstånd i ett hav av fattigdom" - Ideologin bakom begreppet hållbar utveckling},
  year         = {2010},
}