Culture in, for and as Sustainable Development: Conclusions of COST Action IS 1007 Investigating Cultural Sustainability

Joost Dessein, Katriina Soini (Editor), Graham Fairclough (Editor), Lummina Horlings (Editor)

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    Culture matters in sustainable development. Yet still, almost 30 years after the Brundtland publication ‘Our Common Future’ and despite a few recent attempts by transnational and international organisations, and some cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific endeavours, the incorporation of culture into sustainability debates seems to be a great scientific and political challenge, and one that questions the prevailing conventional sustainability discourses.
    The COST Action IS1007 ‘Investigating Cultural Sustainability’ built a comprehensive analytical framework that recognises three ‘roles’ of culture in sustainable development.

    First, culture can have a supportive and self-promoting role (characterised as ‘culture in sustainable development’). This expands conventional sustainable development discourse by adding culture as a self-standing 4th pillar alongside separate ecological, social, and economic considerations and imperatives. Second, a role (‘culture for sustainable development’) which offers culture as a more influential force that can operate beyond itself. This role moves culture into a framing, contextualising and mediating mode that can balance all three of the existing pillars and guide sustainable development between economic, social, and ecological pressures and needs. Third, a more fundamental role (‘culture as sustainable development’) which sees culture as the necessary overall foundation and structure for achieving the aims of sustainable development.
    In all three roles, the recognition that culture is at the root of all human decisions and actions and an overarching concern (even a new paradigm) in sustainable development thinking, causes culture and sustainability to become mutually intertwined; the distinctions between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability thus begin to fade.
    Plaats productieJyväskylä, Finland
    UitgeverijUniversity of Jyväskylä
    Aantal pagina's72
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-951-39-6176-3
    StatusGepubliceerd - 6-mei-2015


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