Sustainable Development and the Cultural Contradictions of High Modernity

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The new green movement that appeared in the 1960s and 1970s claimed that because of objective limits economic growth had become a false development goal. The claim is interpreted as a claim about an intrinsic tension between two cultural aspirations fundamental to the project of high modernity, ethical universalism and increasing material prosperity for all. Since the mid 1980s the idea of sustainable development has had a domesticating effect on the green agenda. Today, economic growth is again by and large seen as compatible with environmental and social responsibility. The new consensus is critically examined. A tension between affluence and self-determination as cultural aspirations of our times is identified and discussed. The conclusion is that the crisis of environment and development remains at its core a civilisational crisis that affects key aspects of the ambitions that define the cultural project of high modernity.
OtsikkoLiving well together. Democracy and human wellbeing
KustantajaInternational Degrowth Network
Julkaisupäivä24 syyskuuta 2012
TilaJulkaistu - 24 syyskuuta 2012
OKM-julkaisutyyppiB3 Vertaisarvioimaton artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaInternational conference on degrowth, ecological sustainability and social equity - Venezia, Italia
Kesto: 17 syyskuuta 201223 syyskuuta 2012
Konferenssinumero: 3


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Wallgren, T. H. (2012). Sustainable Development and the Cultural Contradictions of High Modernity. teoksessa Living well together. Democracy and human wellbeing International Degrowth Network.