Culture-Sustainability Relation: Towards a Conceptual Framework

Katriina Soini, Joost Dessein

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    Abstract

    Several individual scholars and international organizations have attempted to conceptualize “culture” in its different meanings in sustainability. Despite those efforts, a tangle of different approaches are being used, reflecting the various disciplines and policy aims. In this paper we propose an interdisciplinary framework for identifying the different roles of culture in sustainability in an attempt to guide the research and policy activities in this complex field. The framework is comprised of three representations defined by a literature review on “cultural sustainability”, which are further explored through eight organizing dimensions that mark the similarities and
    differences between the three representations. The article reveals that the three representations are partly interlinked and that they also reveal gradients in the dynamics of the system, as well as in the human/nature interface.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSustainability
    Volume8
    Issue number167
    Number of pages12
    ISSN2071-1050
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb-2016

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