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Editorial overview: theoretical traditions in social values for sustainability


Raymond, CM and Kenter, JO and van Riper, CJ and Rawluk, A and Kendal, D, Editorial overview: theoretical traditions in social values for sustainability, Sustainability Science, 14, (5) pp. 1173-1185. ISSN 1862-4057 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11625-019-00723-7


This special feature provides an impression of the plurality of social values for sustainability, taking into account theoretical traditions within mainstream and heterodox economics; positive, social and environmental psychology; human geography; anthropology; sociology; religious and indigenous studies and business management. Papers in this issue respond to questions of: how do we conceptualise social values; how do we integrate or share social values; what are processes for learning about and mechanisms for forming and changing social values; and what are the associations between social values and behaviour or well-being? Consistent with post-normal science, we suggest that there is no one correct way of conceptualising, assessing, integrating or activating social values for sustainability. We present five arguments: (1) the plurality of social values can be conceptualised along many different dimensions, with reference to value, epistemic and procedural lenses; (2) values are nested in different hierarchies, resulting in the potential for different forms of value articulations and pathways of value expression; (3) not all social values are pre-formed and readily drawn upon, instead needing pathways of deliberation or intervention to be activated; (4) social values may change through different processes or pathways of intervention, and; (5) power matters in the formation and assessment of social values. We discuss the tensions that arise when attempting to integrate different perspectives and introduce the notion of ‘navigation’ to begin to address these tensions. Navigation requires scholars to adopt a more critical and reflexive approach to value enquiry than is currently espoused in sustainability science and practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social values, integrated valuation, ecosystem services, non-monetary valuation, environment, deliberation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
ID Code:134969
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-09-17
Last Modified:2020-12-18

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