Unheard Voices: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Millennium Development Goals' Evolution into the Sustainable Development Goals

Citation:

Carant, Jane Briant. 2017. "Unheard Voices: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Millinnium Development Goals' Evolution into the Sustainable Development Goals." Third World Quarterly 38 (1): 16-41.

Author: Jane Briant Carant

Abstract:

The United Nations’ 2001 Millennium Development Goals and 2015 Sustainable Development Goals are of major importance for worldwide development. This article explores the construction of poverty and development within and across these documents, specifically focusing on the influence of dominant economic discourses – Keynesianism and neoliberalism – in the development paradigm. It assesses the failures of the Millennium Development Goals, as articulated by oppositional liberal feminists and World Social Forum critics, who embody competing values, representations and problem-solution frames that challenge and resist the dominant economic discourses. Finally, it evaluates responsiveness of the UN in the constitution of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Keywords: Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals, World Social Forum, Liberal Feminism, neoliberalism, Keynesianism

Topics: Development, Economies, Poverty, Feminisms, International Organizations, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Year: 2017

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