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Document ID: C08415


Document ID: C08415

Title:
Making sense of sustainability : nine answers to "What should be sustained?"

Author(s):

Cordray, Sheila M.
       Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Department of Sociology, Oregon State University, Corvallis. OR
Gale, Richard
       Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Department of Sociology, Oregon State University, Corvallis. OR

Subject Term(s):

Concepts
Sustainability

Publication Date:

1994

Format:

Journal article

Journal:

Rural Sociology

Issue:

59 (2) : 311-332

Institution:

Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Department of Sociology, Oregon State University, Corvallis. OR

Language:

English

Country:

USA

Abstract:

The concept of sustainability is central to many current natural resource debates. While the concept has substantial appeal, consensus on its meaning is lacking, especially concerning what combinations of resources or practices should be sustained. The many meanings of sustainability are addressed by first presenting four defining questions: what is sustained, why sustain it, how is sustainability measured, and what are the politics? These questions are used to identify what we see as nine distinct types of sustinability, each reflecting a different vision of which resources should be sustained. Illustrations are drawn from three major renewable natural resource areas -agriculture, forestry, and marine fisheries. (original)

Notes:

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