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Sustainable Development: Needs, Values, Rights

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  • Michael Redclift
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    'Sustainable development' is analysed as a product of the Modernist tradition, in which social criticism and understanding are legitimized against a background of evolutionary theory, scientific specialization, and rapid economic growth. Within this tradition, sustainable development emphasizes the need to live within ecological limits, but allows the retention of an essentially optimistic idea of progress. However, the inherent contradictions in the concept of sustainable development may lead to rejection of the Modernist view in favour of a new vision of the world in which the authority of science and technology is questioned and more emphasis is placed on cultural diversity.

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 2 (1993)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 3-20

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev2:ev201

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    Keywords: development; environment; modernism; needs; post-modernism; sustainability; values;

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    1. Spash, Clive L. & Clayton, Anthony M. H., 1995. "Strategies for the maintenance of natural capital," MPRA Paper 38273, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. de Graaf, H. J. & Musters, C. J. M. & ter Keurs, W. J., 1996. "Sustainable development: looking for new strategies," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 205-216, March.
    3. Weidner, Helmut, 2002. "Gemeinwohl und Nachhaltigkeit: ein prekäres Verhältnis," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Standard-setting and Environment FS II 02-303, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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