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Bridging Sustainable Community Development and Social Justice

  • Juan LucenaEmail author
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 20)

Abstract

In this chapter, I briefly trace the history of engineers’ involvement in development, from national to international to sustainable development, and highlight when and how “sustainability” and “community participation” became important dimensions in this history. Yet throughout this trajectory, a number of engineering mindsets have come to shape engineering practice and education and contributed to making social justice invisible to most engineers, restricting their ability to contribute to a fair distribution of rights, opportunities, and resources when working in community development and humanitarian endeavors. This chapter outlines these mindsets and proposes a number of possibilities to overcome them so engineers can effectively address social justice within their practices and projects in community development.

Keywords

International development Sustainable development Community development Engineering mindsets Ideology Critical pedagogy Social justice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LAIS DivisionColorado School of MinesGoldenUSA

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