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Sustainable Capital – the Governmental Foundations of Sustainability
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Promoted as an uncontestable omnipotent solution to environmental, economic, and social risks, sustainability can be seen as enforcing a specific governmental rationality in advanced liberal society. This article discusses such governmental foundations of sustainability through an analysis of policy reports and management literature, illustrating how sustainability managers are produced as ethico-politically active in the appropriation of ecological critique, channeled by a biopolitical objective that takes the morality of the population into consideration, inserted in history through the logic of an 'ecological governmentality’. I argue that sustainability discourses provide us with technologies of agency and performance to re-shape managers, employees and citizens, empowered to practice sustainable management through an optimization of 'sustainable capital’. This is a testament of how sustainable management as an academic endeavor is susceptible to power relations that re-establish management as a problem that sustainability started off as being a solution to, by individualizing an all-encompassing collective ethics which normalizes political possibilities and closes off alternative ethics.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47573OAI: diva2:455672
QC 20111114Available from: 2011-11-10 Created: 2011-11-10 Last updated: 2011-11-14Bibliographically approved

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