Constructing the 'social' in sustainable city discourse

Rogers, J 2009, 'Constructing the 'social' in sustainable city discourse', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainabilit, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 37-46.


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Title Constructing the 'social' in sustainable city discourse
Author(s) Rogers, J
Year 2009
Journal name The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainabilit
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 37
End page 46
Total pages 10
Publisher Common Ground
Abstract This paper is based on a case study of a recent Australian Government House of Representatives Inquiry into Sustainable Cities 2025 and explores the way in which the idea(l) of a future Sustainable city is currently understood and framed in discourse. Using examples from the inquiry it argues that the dominant focus in Australia at least on individual wastefulness has led to the 'social' in 'sustainability' being constructed almost entirely as a site of consumption. In most accounts 'progress' towards sustainability relies on individual consumers changing their 'behaviour' and learning to live within the limits of the 'planet'. The 'social' is reduced down to 'a behavioural stimulus-response mechanism' (Szerszynski, Lash and Wynne 1996, p. 4) which sits alongside increasingly technocratic, solution based, 'path of least resistance' approaches (like energy taxes) that effectively 'standardizes the problem and the human agents it encompasses' (Szerszynski, Lash and Wynne 1996, p. 5).
Subject Environment Policy
Keyword(s) Social Sustainability
Consumption
Environment
Discourse
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