Social Sustainability. A catchword between political pragmatism and social theory

Littig, Beate and Griessler, Erich (2005) Social Sustainability. A catchword between political pragmatism and social theory. International Journal for Sustainable Development, 8 (1-2), pp. 65-79.

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The sustainability concepts of the ''Brundtland-Report'' and the ''Rio documents'' call for a combination of ecological, economic, social and institutional aspects of social development. This paper describes briefly, several models of sustainability and discusses social sustainability as conceptualised in selected sustainability indicators. In an attempt to remedy the lack of sociological theory, the paper proposes a sustainability concept, which is based on the concepts of needs and work, as an activity to fulfil these needs and as the principal exchange process between society and nature. Moreover, this paper argues in favour of recognition of social sustainability as both a normative and analytical concept. (author's abstract)

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Research Units: Divisions > Former Research Groups > Socio-ecological Transformation Research
Techno-Science and Societal Transformation
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 10:08
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2005.007375
ISSN: Print: 0960-1406, Online: 1741-5268

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