Planet Dialectics

Explorations in Environment and Development

Wolfgang Sachs

Planet Dialectics

Wolfgang Sachs

Distributed for Zed Books

240 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1999  
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781856497008 Published July 1999 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Foreword to the critique influence change edition
Susan George

Preface to the first edition

Bibliographical note

Part 1 The Archaeology of the Development Idea
1. The Archaeology of the Development Idea

Part 2 The Shaky Ground of Sustainability
2. Global Ecology and the Shadow of 'Development'
3. The Gospel of Global Efficiency
4. Environment and Development: The Story of a Dangerous Liaison
5. Sustainable Development: On the Political Anatomy of an Oxymoron

Part 3 In the Image of the Planet
6. One World - Many Worlds?
7. The Blue Planet: On the Ambiguity of a Modern Icon
8. Globalization and Sustainability

Part 4 Ecology and Equity in a Post-development Era
9. Ecology, Justice and the End of Development
10. The Two Meanings of Resource Productivity
11. Speed Limits
12. The Power of Limits: An Inquiry into New Models of Wealth

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