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What counts as sustainability?: a sociospatial analysis


Beasy, K and Corbett, M, What counts as sustainability?: a sociospatial analysis, Environmental Sociology pp. 1-11. ISSN 2325-1042 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/23251042.2021.1913320


Sustainability is a ubiquitous term today and one that is central to key environmental and social policy discussions relating to the most pressing questions faced in contemporary societies. In this paper we argue that sustainability needs to be understood in relation to social space. We do so by engaging with Pierre Bourdieu's thinking tools as well as Edward Soja's spatial analysis to deconstruct how differently positioned actors understand and relate to space, including how to sustain it. Drawing on focus group and interview data from a small Australian city, we use Soja's typology to critique spatial tropes and dualistic frames common in sustainability discourses such as ecological/social, global/local, and reveal nuanced interpretations of spatial relations.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:space, Bourdieu, sustainability, Soja, qualitative, social networking
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Environmental sociology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental education and awareness
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
ID Code:144044
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-04-15
Last Modified:2021-06-09
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