From last Friday tutorial I got the feedbacks for my thesis draft and honestly they are not bad at all. Overall the research is moving in the right direction, but I should be more critical, especially in the first chapter where I talk about the emergency of climate change. There I shouldn’t take anything for granted, but critically reflect on every point, so not be easily contradicted when defending my thesis. Therefore, I’ve been suggested to analyse in depth the concept of sustainability, which sometimes might have been exploited by world powers, who created an ideology out of it in order to gain major control over people and increase their power. In this regard, I already found a paper from J. A. Baptista, The ideology of sustainability and the globalization of a future, which might be useful to speak about this topic.
Here is the abstract:
Through its moving frontiers, the ideology of sustainability prescribes or challenges orderings in the imaginary of societies. Accordingly, sustainability leads to obvious struggles between different systems of representations worldwide, and temporal orderliness is at the core of these battles. In this article, I focus on the future. Domesticating the future by sustainability is a central element, in particular, of the cultural confrontation between the ‘West and the Rest’. Moreover, the ideology of sustainability proves to be self-contradictory: on one side promotes cultural diversity, but on the other side operates only under a singular and homogeneous construct of the future.
Furthermore, I’ve been also suggested to analyse this concept even more in depth. The ideology of sustainability entails a combined works towards a common future, however it’s this common future which might be put in discussion as well. The italian theorist and activist Franco Berardi “Bifo” talks about that in its book After the future.
The second chapter seems good, but I’d better avoid the word “must” and replace it with a more placid should when speaking on the action to be taken to have a sustainable impact on the word. On the other hand, I took the must from Viktor Papanek.
“We must examine what each of us can contribute from our own specific role in society. We must ask the question: “What can I do as a professor, construction worker, taxi-driver, school teacher, prostitute, lawyer, pianist, housewife, student, manager, politician or farmer? What is the impact of my work on the environment?”
Viktor Papanek, The Green Imperative
For the rest is all fine, for the third chapter my research is going in the right direction and in the fourth chapter I should just make clear that mine is a pessismistic view of human being.