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Environment as Discourse: Searching for Sustainable Development in Costa Rica

Anja Nygren

Environmental Values 7(1998): 201-222. doi: 10.3197/096327198129341546

This study analyses the social and political discourses related to environment and sustainable development in Costa Rica. The central interest is on those development institutions and ideologies that promote social interventions in the name of sustainable development, and on those social processes and economic relations on which the discursive formation of environment and sustainability is articulated. Four different kinds of ideologies of environmental sustainability are analysed: Environmentalism for Nature, Environmentalism for Profit, Environmentalism for the People, and Alternative Environmentalism. The study highlights the complexity of political discourses that construct the relationship between nature and society, and the multiplicity of the means by which the control over natural resources, within the internally differentiated development apparatus, is defined.


KEYWORDS: sustainable development, environmentalism, Costa Rica, access over resources

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Sustainable Development: Needs, Values, Rights. Michael Redclift

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Representations of Tropical Forests and Tropical Forest-Dwellers in Travel Accounts of National Geographic. Anja Nygren



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