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Psychological aspects of cultural sustainability: several case studies


Bostock, WW, Psychological aspects of cultural sustainability: several case studies, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 5, (1) pp. 78-85. ISSN 1832-2077 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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The sustainability of the culture of a community is not just a question of its intrinsic value; it can also be a question of life and death. Physical health is closely related to mental health, which consists in a level of collective mental state, such as elation, depression, energy or apathy. The mental state is related to a sense of coherence, as Antonovsky called it, and culture is the major source of the sense of coherence, in the form of identity. The primary vehicle for identity is language, and so when a language is devalued, either by intention of effect, cultural sustainability is likely to be diminished and physical survival put into question. This process occurs at a psychological level, while the reverse dynamic is also true. The psychological aspects of cultural sustainability are thus mental state, identity, memory, psychic capital, and mental and physical health. Some case studies showing the effects of reduced or enhanced cultural sustainability will be presented.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cultural Sustainablity, Psychological State, Sense of Coherence, Collective Depression
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Other language, communication and culture
Research Field:Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bostock, WW (Dr William Bostock)
ID Code:61214
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-03-01
Last Modified:2012-03-01

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