This book represents an unusual intervention in debates about the nature of contemporary international development, where the majority of scholarship tends to concern itself with measuring or collating goal performance. Through a series of analyses of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, this book explores development as a political construct, and is concerned with the kinds of epistemological, hegemonic, or politico-economic assumptions built into contemporary development policy, and the ensuing effectiveness the SDGs will have in terms of addressing or perpetuating the historical impoverishment of large groups of people living in poverty. The contributors to the book take issue with many of the assumptions upon which SDGs rest, while also broadening the conversation to pay attention to knowledge production, modernity, colonialism, exclusion, citizenship, and other conceptual insights. In this context, the book raises questions about the discourses and practices of the SDGs, especially in relation to how they can: define the limits of what can be said and what can be done; shape development logics through notions of division and forms of exclusion; construct political problems as technical problems; create certain spaces of imagination as a field of activity; and endorse particular ideas and forms of knowledge in models for sustainable development.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Globalizations.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Shared Humanity of Global Development: Bio-politics and the SDGs Introduction: Leaving No-one Behind? The Politics of Destination in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 1. Universal Access to Affordable Housing? Interrogating an Elusive Development Goal 2. Politics of Poverty: The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the Business of Agriculture 3. Are Equity and Sustainability a Likely Outcome When Foxes and Chickens Share the Same Coop? Critiquing the Concept of Multistakeholder Governance of Food Security 4. Politics of ‘Leaving No One Behind’: Contesting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 5. Migration and Development after 2015 6. Re-centring ‘Race’ in Development: Population Policies and Global Capital Accumulation in the Era of the SDGs 7. Decoupling: A Key Fantasy of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda 8. The Affective Politics of the Sustainable Development Goals: Partnership, Capacity-Building, and Big Data
Clive Gabay is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics. He works on issues related to development, colonialism, race and anarchism.
Suzan Ilcan is a Professor of Sociology. She conducts research on development and humanitarian aid, migration, and citizenship and social justice.