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Title:
Planet dialectics : explorations in environment and development
Author:
Sachs, Wolfgang.
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Publication Information:
Halifax, Nova Scotia : Fernwood Pub. ; Johannesburg : Witwatersrand University Press ; London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by St. Martin's Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 226 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781856497008

9781856497015

9781868143382

9781552660164
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Book

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Summary

This is a collection of explorations of some of the foremost issues the world faces at the end of the century. It considers the crisis of the Western world's relations with nature and social justice, examining: efficiency - the mantra of our times; speed - the love affair with modernity; globalization - a market inevitability and the juggernaut of history; sustainability - oxymoron as rhetoric; development - the 20th century's great undelivered promise; and limits - a new principle for the coming century.


Author Notes

Wolfgang Sachs is a senior research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He has long been active in the German and Italian green movements and is currently chairman of the board of Greenpeace in Germany. Amongst the various appointments he has held, he has been co-editor of the Society for International Development's journal Development in Rome; Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Pennsylvania State University in the USA; and a Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Studies in Essen. His first book, For Love of the Automobile: Looking Back into the History of Our Desires was published by University of California Press in 1992. He also edited the immensely influential Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power which was published by Zed Books in the same year and has since been translated into numerous languages. His most recent book in English (coauthored), Greening the North: A Post-Industrial Blueprint for Ecology and Equity, marks an important shift of agenda beyond critique to envisaging concrete alternatives and feasible processes of social transition. Wolfgang Sachs travels widely as a public speaker and university lecturer in Europe, North America and the South.His books published by Zed Books:The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power (edited) (1992)Global Ecology: A Mew Arena of Political Conflict (edited) (1993)Greening the North: A Post-Industrial Blueprint for Ecology and Equity (coauthored with Reinhard Loske and Manfred Linz) (1998)


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Sachs offers a collection of writings spanning ten years' work and reflection on global environmental issues. He confronts the oxymoron of sustainable development, the wisdom and results of globalization, the mantra of efficiency and speed, the limits of our natural resources, and the undelivered promises of development. He proposes changes for humankind to become more civilized and more ecologically and socially just. Sachs illustrates how ideas (e.g., technological progress, market regulation, science-based planning) grow to dominate Western ideology and are then exported to other nations without regard for the ramifications of social change. The author provides an ecological perspective on Western society and the single-minded pursuit of development. Each essay contains material for thought and discussion that educated general readers, graduate students, researchers, and faculty will appreciate in ecology, environmental economics, history, business ethics, environmental justice, and philosophy studies addressing global ecology and development. D. Ostergren; Northern Arizona University


Table of Contents

Part I The Archeology of the Development Idea
Part II The Shaky Ground of Sustainability
Global Ecology and the Shadow of Development
The Gospel of Global Efficiency
Environment and Development
Sustainable Development
Part III In the Image of the Planet
One World--Many Worlds?
The Blue Planet
Globalization and Sustainability
Part IV Ecology and Equity in a Post-Development Era
Ecology, Justice and the End of Development
The Two Meanings of Resource Productivity
Speed Limits
The Power of Limits
Part I The Archeology of the Development Idea
Part II The Shaky Ground of Sustainability
Global Ecology and the Shadow of Development
The Gospel of Global Efficiency
Environment and Development
Sustainable Development
Part III In the Image of the Planet
One World--Many Worlds?
The Blue Planet
Globalization and Sustainability
Part IV Ecology and Equity in a Post-Development Era
Ecology, Justice and the End of Development
The Two Meanings of Resource Productivity
Speed Limits
The Power of Limits

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