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Sustainability—differently

Journal article
Authors Mirek Dymitrow
Keith Halfacree
Published in Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series
Volume 40
Issue 40
Pages 7–16
ISSN 1732–4254
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Mistra Urban Futures
Pages 7–16
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.2478/bog-2018-00...
Keywords sustainability, wicked problems, outside-the-box thinking, critical thinking, conceptual language
Subject categories Environmental psychology, Human Geography, Social and Economic Geography, Philosophy, Social Psychology

Abstract

It is increasingly appreciated how all societies contain many ‘wicked problems’ or socio-cultural challenges that are multidimensional, hard to pin-down and consequently extremely challenging to solve. Obtaining functional and inclusive societal organization is not a simple matter of ‘doing it’ by subscribing to winning formulae as there are, for example, many choices to be made in the process. Moreover, given that conceptual frameworks always guide thoughts, judgments and actions, how we relate to ‘sustainability’ specifically becomes relevant if we aim to achieve a more liveable society. This journal issue expressly engages with the consequent need to recognise this complexity. It assembles a set of ‘brave’ takes on far-advanced problems bedevilling conventionally conceptualised paths towards sustainability. Arguing against oversimplification that comes from domination of polarizing concepts and unquestioned practices and rhetorics, the aim is to foster explorations into new territories from which we may learn. Ultimately, the desire to deconstruct pernicious divisions and create new hybrid syntheses can progress sustainability.

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