Critical Social Theory and Sustainable Development: The Role of Class, Capitalism and Domination in a Dialectical Analysis of Un/Sustainability

Fuchs, Christian (2017) Critical Social Theory and Sustainable Development: The Role of Class, Capitalism and Domination in a Dialectical Analysis of Un/Sustainability. Sustainable Development, 25. ISSN 1099-1719

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Abstract

It is still a relatively open question if and how sustainability fits into a critical theory of society. This paper’s aim is to makes a contribution to the critical social theory foundations of sustainability and to reflect on the links between capitalism, class and sustainability. Sustainability has not been a very popular concept in sociological theory. One of the reasons may be that sociology has a strongly critical tradition focusing on the analysis and critique of power structures in modern society. It is therefore often sceptical of ideas coming from the policy world that are susceptible to having an administrative character. The article argues that, although sustainability has a strongly ideological character, a critical theory of society should not simply discard this notion, but aim to sublate it. Some foundations of a way to integrate sustainability into a critical theory of society are presented.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Acknowledgement: The research presented in this paper was conducted with funding provided by the EU Horizon 2020 project netCommons: Network Infrastructure as Commons, http://netcommons.eu/, grant agreement number: 688768
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 12:21
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 16:14
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/18163

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