This article analyzes prevalent forms of sustainability discourse in California and around the world: eco-oriented sustainabilities, vernacular sustainabilities, justice-oriented sustainabilities, and market-oriented sustainabilities. It sketches the history of these discourses, argues that the meaning of sustainability depends on whose sustainability is being discussed, and lays out a framework for critical sustainability studies.
What on Earth Is Sustainable?: Toward critical sustainability studies
Miriam Greenberg is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the Urban Studies Research Cluster at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World.
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Miriam Greenberg; What on Earth Is Sustainable?: Toward critical sustainability studies. Boom 1 December 2013; 3 (4): 54–66. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.54
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