Deconstruction of sustainable development discourses: Avoiding skepticism pitfalls with a postmodern perspective

Sina Shokoohyar, Sajjad Shokohyar, Vahid Ghomi, Amirsalar Jafari Gorizi

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Although many countries have joined under the umbrella of sustainable development and its goals, two unsolved issues have remained: The ambiguity in its definition and the skepticism about it. In this paper, for understanding the roots of skepticism, by adopting a postmodern approach to the related discourses, the footprint of forming a metanarrative was seen. To avoid the pitfalls, deconstruction suggests that that the first thing to do is to acknowledge the ambiguity of that definition that comes from the inefficiency of using the binary oppositions - the needs and ambitions, and the present and future generations - and holding to its constructive narrative; limitation. The second step is creating a more engaging narrative of sustainable development. Talking about "a climate crisis with force and fury"is the new narrative that President Biden has started. He added that "with unity, we can confront the climate crisis with American jobs and ingenuity."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-300
Number of pages16
JournalWorld Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023

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