Sustainable Development: Representing a reflexive modernity inside the United Nations

Borne, Gregory (2010) Sustainable Development: Representing a reflexive modernity inside the United Nations. Journal of Global Analysis, 1 (1). pp. 27-50. ISSN 2041-1944

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This paper suggests that the discourse of sustainable development (SD) within the United Nations (UN) represents a paradigm shift from first/industrial modernity to a reflexive modernity. Reflexive modernity is defined by the changing nature of political structures in the face of globalised environmental risk, as well as a questioning of the hegemony of the scientific process as a basis for the development of humanity and the planet. SD is a concept that innately reflects these concerns, questioning normative assumptions. This paper will argue that the rise of SD in governance discourse is not only a catalyst for a reflexive modernity, but also is representative of a modernity that is already in a state of reflexivity. This proposition is examined by exploring the various ways that SD is utilised in the governance structure of the United Nations (UN).

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Keywords: United Nations, Risk, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Reflexive Modernity, globalisation.
Divisions: Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Kerry Kellaway
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 11:24
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 11:24
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