Personal Sustainability

The micro-level is crucial for the sustainability transformation, argue Oliver Parodi and Kaidi Tamm from ITAS. The book edited by them therefore focuses on human aspects of sustainability, up to now widely disregarded by mainstream academia.
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Transition to sustainability is stuck and academic research has not resulted in desired change so far. A large void in sustainability research and the understanding of sustainable development is an important reason for this. The new book “Personal Sustainability – Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development”, edited by ITAS scientists Oliver Parodi and Kaidi Tamm seeks to address this void, opening up a cosmos of sustainable development that has so far been largely unexplored. Mainstream academic, economic and political sustainable development concepts and efforts draw on the macro level and tend to address external, collective and global processes. By contrast, the human, individual, intra- and inter-personal aspects on the micro level are often left unaddressed.

The authors therefore focus on subjective, mental, emotional, bodily, spiritual and cultural aspects, which in their view have been systematically ignored by academia. To establish this new field in sustainability research means to leave the common scientific paths and expand the horizon. Together with authors from cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, aesthetics and economics, and supported by contributions from practitioners, this book portrays different approaches to personal sustainability and reflects on their potentials and pitfalls, paving the way to cultures of sustainability.

Personal Sustainability aims on researchers, students and practitioners in the field of sustainable development, as well as researchers from related scientific fields. (18.06.2018)

Bibliographic data:

Parodi, Oliver; Tamm, Kaidi (eds)

Personal Sustainability, Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development. Oxford: Routledge 2018, ISBN 978-1-13-806508-6, 224 pp.

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