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The Politics of Sustainability: Philosophical perspectives

The Politics of Sustainability: Philosophical perspectives

1st Edition

Dieter Birnbacher, May Thorseth
July 28, 2017

Responsibility for future generations is easily postulated in the abstract but it is much more difficult to set it to work in the concrete. It requires some changes in individual and institutional attitudes that are in opposition to what has been called the "systems variables" of industrial society...

A Political Economy of Attention, Mindfulness and Consumerism: Reclaiming the Mindful Commons

A Political Economy of Attention, Mindfulness and Consumerism: Reclaiming the Mindful Commons

1st Edition

Peter Doran
June 08, 2017

The power of capital is the power to target our attention, mould market-ready identities, and reduce the public realm to an endless series of choices. This has far-reaching implications for our psychological, physical and spiritual well-being, and ultimately for our global ecology. In this consumer...

Promoting Sustainable Living: Sustainability as an Object of Desire

Promoting Sustainable Living: Sustainability as an Object of Desire

1st Edition

Justyna Karakiewicz, Audrey Yue, Angela Paladino
February 16, 2017

Current images of sustainability are often designed to instil fear and force change, not because we believe in it, but because we fear the consequences of inaction. Moving away from negative portrayals of sustainability, this book identifies the factors that motivate people to aspire towards...

Rethinking the Green State: Environmental governance towards climate and sustainability transitions

Rethinking the Green State: Environmental governance towards climate and sustainability transitions

1st Edition

Karin Bäckstrand, Annica Kronsell
February 16, 2017

This innovative book is one of the first to conduct a systematic comprehensive analysis of the ideals and practices of the evolving green state. It draws on elements of political theory, feminist theory, post-structuralism, governance and institutional theory to conceptualise the green state and...

Energy and Transport in Green Transition: Perspectives on Ecomodernity

Energy and Transport in Green Transition: Perspectives on Ecomodernity

1st Edition

Atle Midttun, Nina Witoszek
February 16, 2017

This book breaks new ground in the studies of green transition. It frames the ongoing transformation in terms of a "battle of modernities" with the emerging vision of ecomodernity as the final destination. It also offers a systematic exploration of the potential for extensive transformation of...

Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes

Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes

1st Edition

Dena Fam, Jane Palmer, Chris Riedy, Cynthia Mitchell
November 02, 2016

‘Transdisciplinarity’ is a form of research and practice that synthesises knowledge from a range of academic disciplines and from the community. There is now global interest and a significant body of work on transdisciplinarity and its potential to address the apparently intractable problems of...

Sustainability and the Art of Long-Term Thinking

Sustainability and the Art of Long-Term Thinking

1st Edition

Bernd Klauer, Reiner Manstetten, Thomas Petersen, Johannes Schiller
August 17, 2016

Dealing with time is intimately linked to sustainability, because sustainability, at its core, involves long-term ethical claims. To live up to them, decision and policy-making has to consider long-term development of society, economy, and nature. However, dealing with time and such long-term...

Social Practices, Intervention and Sustainability: Beyond behaviour change

Social Practices, Intervention and Sustainability: Beyond behaviour change

1st Edition

Yolande Strengers, Cecily Maller
May 09, 2016

In an era of dramatic environmental change, social change is desperately needed to curb burgeoning consumption. Many calls to action have focused on individual behaviour or technological innovation, with relative silence from the social sciences on other modes and methods of intervening in social...

Critiquing Sustainability, Changing Philosophy

Critiquing Sustainability, Changing Philosophy

1st Edition

Jenneth Parker
April 24, 2016

To increasing numbers of people, sustainability is the key challenge of the twenty-first century. In the many fields where it is a goal, persistent problems obstruct the efforts of those trying to make a difference. The task of this book is to provide an overview of the current state of philosophy...

Human Rights and Sustainability: Moral responsibilities for the future

Human Rights and Sustainability: Moral responsibilities for the future

1st Edition

Gerhard Bos, Marcus Düwell
February 18, 2016

The history of human rights suggests that individuals should be empowered in their natural, political, political, social and economic vulnerabilities. States within the international arena hold each other responsible for doing just that and support or interfere where necessary. States are to...

Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future

Challenging Consumption: Pathways to a more Sustainable Future

1st Edition

Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, Henrike Rau
December 21, 2015

Sustainable consumption is a central research topic in academic discourses of sustainable development and global environmental change. Informed by a number of disciplinary perspectives, this book is structured around four key themes in sustainable consumption research: Living, Moving, Dwelling and...

Transdisciplinary Sustainability Studies: A Heuristic Approach

Transdisciplinary Sustainability Studies: A Heuristic Approach

1st Edition

Katri Huutoniemi, Petri Tapio
December 21, 2015

Arising out of human-environment interaction, sustainability problems resist disciplinary categories and simple solutions. This book offers a fresh approach to practical and methodological concerns in transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability studies. It illustrates methodological means by...

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