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Constructing Sustainability - A Problematizing Inquiry into SDG12: Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns

Berglund, Kristoffer LU (2017) UTVK03 20171
Sociology
Abstract
In 2015, the 193 UN member states launched the Sustainable Development Goals which aim to guide developmental and environmental work worldwide. The SDGs have stirred up a lot of interest and engagement for climate change and poverty reduction, although opinions of their approach widely differ. This thesis critically engages with SDG12: Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns by drawing on Bacchi’s What’s the Problem Represented to Be? approach.
Through engaging with SDG12 the aim is to better understand how the UN constructs the problems facing unsustainable production and consumption patterns. The problem representations contained within the goal are scrutinized, drawing on theories from environmental sociology and beyond.... (More)
In 2015, the 193 UN member states launched the Sustainable Development Goals which aim to guide developmental and environmental work worldwide. The SDGs have stirred up a lot of interest and engagement for climate change and poverty reduction, although opinions of their approach widely differ. This thesis critically engages with SDG12: Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns by drawing on Bacchi’s What’s the Problem Represented to Be? approach.
Through engaging with SDG12 the aim is to better understand how the UN constructs the problems facing unsustainable production and consumption patterns. The problem representations contained within the goal are scrutinized, drawing on theories from environmental sociology and beyond. Treadmill of production, the degrowth paradigm, technological fix, ecological modernization and ethical consumerism are all used as typologies in the analysis of SDG12. It is argued that the problem representations in SDG12 align with ecological modernization and eschew any contradictions between economic growth and environmental protection. There is no mention of any systemic shortcomings inherent in the capitalist-consumerist model. Instead, the way in which SDG12 approaches sustainable production and consumption is through ecological modernization, with references to ethical consumerism and technological fixes. (Less)
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author
Berglund, Kristoffer LU
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UTVK03 20171
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
SDG12, sustainability, Bacchi, treadmill of production, degrowth, ecological modernization
language
English
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8911876
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2017-06-28 13:19:37
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  abstract     = {In 2015, the 193 UN member states launched the Sustainable Development Goals which aim to guide developmental and environmental work worldwide. The SDGs have stirred up a lot of interest and engagement for climate change and poverty reduction, although opinions of their approach widely differ. This thesis critically engages with SDG12: Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns by drawing on Bacchi’s What’s the Problem Represented to Be? approach.
Through engaging with SDG12 the aim is to better understand how the UN constructs the problems facing unsustainable production and consumption patterns. The problem representations contained within the goal are scrutinized, drawing on theories from environmental sociology and beyond. Treadmill of production, the degrowth paradigm, technological fix, ecological modernization and ethical consumerism are all used as typologies in the analysis of SDG12. It is argued that the problem representations in SDG12 align with ecological modernization and eschew any contradictions between economic growth and environmental protection. There is no mention of any systemic shortcomings inherent in the capitalist-consumerist model. Instead, the way in which SDG12 approaches sustainable production and consumption is through ecological modernization, with references to ethical consumerism and technological fixes.},
  author       = {Berglund, Kristoffer},
  keyword      = {SDG12,sustainability,Bacchi,treadmill of production,degrowth,ecological modernization},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Constructing Sustainability - A Problematizing Inquiry into SDG12: Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns},
  year         = {2017},
}