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Social sustainability - society at the intersection of development and maintenance
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7993-2825
2013 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 18, no 10, 1153-1166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the late 1980s, much of the debate on sustainability has been dominated by ecological perspectives. However, the last decade has seen an increasing interest in the social aspects of sustainability. While, to some extent, general consensus has been reached regarding the definitions of ecological sustainability, the definition of social sustainability is still in the making. Therefore, there is a need for conceptual frameworks and theoretical constructs in order to develop the understanding of social sustainability further. This article addresses the lack of theorisation and is composed of three different sections. The first section is a literature overview covering some of the most influential texts on social sustainability. The second section introduces and relates a number of existing, polemically constructed theoretical frameworks. In the third section, Jacques Derrida’s theory of diffe´rance is used to suggest a way of understanding the relationship between the oppositional positions identified in the frameworks.

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Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 18, no 10, 1153-1166 p.
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social sustainability, sustainable development, democracy, pluralism, poststructuralism, Jacques Derrida
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-129574DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2013.788480Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84885413177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-129574DiVA: diva2:652990
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Available from: 2013-10-02 Created: 2013-10-02 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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