Reinterpreting the definition of sustainable development for a more ecocentric reorientation

Imran, Sophia and Alam, Khorshed and Beaumont, Narelle (2014) Reinterpreting the definition of sustainable development for a more ecocentric reorientation. Sustainable Development, 22 (2). pp. 134-144. ISSN 0968-0802

Abstract

While environmental and social research has generated a large amount of information and data on how values and environmental ethics relate to sustainable development, there are no studies that examine the missing links reflected in the terminology of the sustainable development definition that alienates it from its ecological ethos. The paper reviews the concept of sustainable development that continues to remain a vague concept even two decades after the Brundtland Commission report. It then examines the limitations in the contemporary anthropocentric conceptualization of sustainable development with a utilitarian ethic and argues for a more ecocentric reinterpretation of its definition that is more inclusive and incorporates recognition of the socio-ecological values. The paper concludes with a call for a revised global resolution and a framework for sustainable development based on its reinterpretation that recognizes the interdependence of humans with the rest of the ecosphere.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: First published online 5 Oct 2011. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Narelle Beaumont
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2012 23:15
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable development; socio-ecological ethics; inter-generational equity; intra-generational equity; interdependence; ecocentric orientation; socio-ecological corporate responsibility; ecological growth economy
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9098 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism > 909899 Environmentally Sustainable Commercial Services and Tourism not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/sd.537
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21048

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