New Challenges for Poverty Reduction
Edited by M. A. Mohamed Salih
Chapter 11: Spatializing Development and Environmental Discourses: The Case of Sustainable Development and Globalization
11. Spatializing development and environmental discourses: The case of sustainable development and globalization1 Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh2 and Meleckidzedeck Khayesi3 This chapter, inspired by recent geographic research, makes a case for spatializing development and environmental discourses. It focuses on sustainable development and globalization and shows that space is central to these two concepts. Its main assumption is that an aspatial analysis of sustainable development and globalization is very limited, whereas a space sensitive and interconnected assessment may yield profound insights into how different societal forces operate to produce and oppose the production of spaces along with related socioeconomic configurations. This chapter provides a few examples from the literature on how the complex interactions and processes leading to sustainable development and globalization may be spatialized in research. Shakespeare’s Juliet asked, ‘What’s in a name?’ We may extend this question to development and environmental research and ask, ‘what is in the growing list of concepts and discourses on environment and development?’ We have closely followed these discourses as researchers interested in development and the environment. If asked to characterize the essence of development and environmental concepts over the last three decades, we would not hesitate to answer that there has been a kaleidoscope of ever changing vocabulary, terminology and discourses. One of the issues that contemporary development and environmental researchers and practitioners have to contend with is whether any substantial change in the essential discourse and/or improvement in the human conditions in different parts of the world have really emerged...
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