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Social sustainability: a catchword between political pragmatism and social theory

Soziale Nachhaltigkeit: ein Schlagwort zwischen politischem Pragmatismus und soziologischer Theorie
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Griessler, Erich; Littig, Beate

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Abstract The sustainability concepts of the 'Brundtland-Report' and the 'Rio documents' call for a combination of ecological, economic, social and institutional aspects of social development. This paper describes briefly several models of sustainability and discusses social sustainability as conceptualised in selected sustainability indicators. In an attempt to remedy the lack of sociological theory, the paper proposes a sustainability concept, which is based on the concepts of needs and work, as an activity to fulfil these needs and as the principal exchange process between society and nature. Moreover, this paper argues to recognize social sustainability as both a normative and analytical concept as well.
Keywords sustainability; ecology; sustainable development; society; nature; model; social policy; indicator; gender-specific factors; environmental factors; economic development (single enterprise); social change; political factors; sociological theory; conception; labor; gender
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Ecology, Environment
Method theory formation
Free Keywords needs; sustainable work; mixed work; ecological sustainability; economic sustainability
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 65-79
Journal International Journal for Sustainable Development, 8 (2005) 1/2
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works