Sustainability is not an object in itself but rather a quality that describes the durability of practices over time, and the mobilization and use of material beings as resources to support those practices. Sustainability enjoys a visibility that few other ideas today can claim. At times it serves as an implicit critique of society. At others it serves to greenwash actions that only displace the site of extraction, or that defer the inevitable transformation of useful objects into waste. For example, new consumption practices may serve as harm reduction. Yet unless attached to changes in the broader relationships of production, distribution, and exchange, and at scales that are appropriate to the reproduction of those relationships, new consumer trends may themselves wind up in the dustbin of discarded fashion. As a concept, sustainability
has proven itself amid fluctuations in the market of ideas and has achieved a degree of durability as it bridges disciplines under the heading of a science. Part of the success of sustainability (as a concept, institutional discipline, NGO mission, or development goal) lies in the publication of books like this one, which seeks to trace and describe the uses of sustainability and its related concepts across the various contexts in which it hopes to intervene.
Situating Sustainability: A Handbook of Contexts and Concepts, introduces readers to contemporary problem-sites and conceptual approaches of sustainability studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSituating Sustainability : A Handbook of Contexts and Concepts
EditorsC. Parker Krieg, Reetta Toivanen
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherHelsinki University Press
Publication date23 Nov 2021
ISBN (Print)978-952-369-050-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-369-051-6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • 513 Law
  • 6122 Literature studies
  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology

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