Neither sustainable nor development: reconsidering sustainability in development


  • Timothy W. Luke

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    1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA
    • Department of Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 531 Major Williams Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0130, USA.
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This paper questions the rhetorical workings of ‘sustainable development’ as an ideological construct in contemporary global society. It suggests that this term actually is increasingly used as a label to place over modes of existence that are neither sustainable nor developmental. Yet, the rhetoric is also now a material culture of being that is created, carried and continued in the everyday practices of design, exchange and production. Copyright ©; 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.