The Post-Development Dictionary agenda: paths to the pluriverse

Federico Demaria, Ashish Kothari

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© 2017 Southseries Inc., This article lays out both a critique of the oxymoron ‘sustainable development’, and the potential and nuances of a Post-Development agenda. We present ecological swaraj from India and Degrowth from Europe as two examples of alternatives to development. This gives a hint of the forthcoming book, provisionally titled The Post-Development Dictionary, that is meant to deepen and widen a research, dialogue and action agenda for activists, policymakers and scholars on a variety of worldviews and practices relating to our collective search for an ecologically wise and socially just world. This volume could be one base in the search for alternatives to United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in an attempt to truly transform the world. In fact, it is an agenda towards the pluriverse: ‘a world where many worlds fit’, as the Zapatista say.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2588-2599
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2017


  • Well-being
  • buen vivir
  • degrowth
  • ecofeminism
  • sustainability
  • transition


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