Mål i bevægelse: En undersøgelse af FN’s verdensmål som social bevægelse i en organisatorisk kontekst

Annette Dahl

Student thesis: Master thesis


This master thesis sets out to investigate the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This leads to the first analysis of the thesis examining how the Global Goals can be comprehended as being a social movement. In the second and third analyses, the thesis exerts itself to put this accession into a context of the Danish civil society organisation, Globalt Fokus, to investigate what consequences the Global Goals have to the organisation.
Drawing on the sociologist Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory, the thesis assesses how the Global Goals mark their distinction toward their surroundings. The thesis concludes how the Global Goals can be interpreted as a second generation of social movements, which is characterized by including demands, actions and actors that traditional social movements leave out. This second generation of social movements is consequently open to a horizon of potentiality, meaning that it is constantly open to more demands, actions and actors.
Through the semantic analysis and the semantic dimensions; factual, social and temporal, it is examined how Globalt Fokus adopt the potentiality into the organisation, leaving it with a complex boundary to its surroundings. The potentiality is visible through the factual and social dimension, while the time dimension allows Globalt Fokus to dismiss the complexity by referring to the future.
In this context, new rationalities are introduced, which represent a new understanding of sustainable development through the concepts of aesthetics, sense of place and re-embedded education. This sets a frame for the last part of the analysis and puts into perspective how Globalt Fokus can adopt the potentiality into the organisation. However, in the events Historier om Verdensmålene carried out by Globalt Fokus, this potentiality is rejected by the actualization of various actions. Nevertheless, the master thesis ends up putting the rejected potentiality into perspective, suggesting how the new rationalities can be implemented into the events.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2018
Number of pages80