This Handbook gives a comprehensive, international and cutting-edge overview of Sustainable Development. It integrates the key imperatives of sustainable development, namely institutional, environmental, social and economic, and calls for greater participation, social cohesion, justice and democracy as well as limited throughput of materials and energy. The nature of sustainable development and the book’s theorization of the concept underline the need for interdisciplinarity in the discourse as exemplified in each chapter of this volume.
The Handbook employs a critical framework that problematises the concept of sustainable development and the struggle between discursivity and control that has characterised the debate. It provides original contributions from international experts coming from a variety of disciplines and regions, including the Global South.
Comprehensive in scope, it covers, amongst other areas:
The Handbook offers researchers and students in the field of sustainable development invaluable insights into a contested concept and the alternative worldviews that it has fostered.
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"We urgently needed a guide to sustainable development - one of the most widely-used and least-understood concepts in existence. Now we have one. Led by two of the most respected authorities in the field, the team of experts assembled here covers all the expected dimensions - and a few more besides. 'Indispensable' is a word frequently found on book dust covers - here it means what it says" –Andrew Dobson, Keele University, UK
"Sustainability refuses to be defined, or even stay put in the natural sciences. Rather, it has infected economic justice discourse, infused debates over how power works, wandered into our understanding of consumption and public health, and injected itself into governance dialog. Here is a handbook that documents the power of a rogue idea on how we think: across problems, locally and globally, present and future." –Richard B. Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley, USA
"With the emergence in 2015 of new global Sustainable Development Goals, we reach a new stage in the development of the idea and promise of sustainable development. Over the past 30 years, the concept has come to be anchored in key debates about growth, environment and equity. This Handbook, bringing together an illustrious group of experts, looks at how sustainable development discourses have emerged and changed over that period, and looks forward to new debates now unfolding. It provides an unparalleled, state-of-the-art overview." –Frans Berkhout, King’s College London, UKL'autore:
Michael Redclift is Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy at King’s College, London, UK, where he has taught since 1999.
Delyse Springett formerly directed the Centre for Business and Sustainable Development at Massey University, New Zealand, and taught Master's courses on business and sustainability at Massey University and at the University of Hong Kong.
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