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Utopian thought and the politics of sustainable development
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: FUTURES, ISSN 0016-3287, Vol. 41, no 4, 210-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article argues that utopian thought is a necessary condition for the politics of sustainable development. Since utopian thought has so far been constrained by some typically Western features from the era of modernity, this requires a shift that transcends the following three fundamental aspects: the notions of fixed truth, fixed territoriality and fixed final goals for politics. The article argues that the concept of global sustainable development can entail three new elements of utopian thought: the disintegration of fixed territoriality, a never-ending story, and prismatic blueprints. Using these elements, utopian thought can provide transformative power, so that politics and policy making call meet contemporary global challenges to development and the environment.

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2009. Vol. 41, no 4, 210-219 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18389DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2008.09.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18389DiVA: diva2:218887
Available from: 2009-05-25 Created: 2009-05-25 Last updated: 2010-04-07Bibliographically approved

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