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Introduction : Beyond Global Discourse: The Rediscovery of Culture in Environmental Politics

Maarten Hajer and Frank Fischer

in Living with Nature

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295099
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829509X.003.0001
 Introduction : Beyond Global Discourse: The Rediscovery of Culture in Environmental Politics

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The reason that environmental policy in general and the policy of sustainable development in particular have failed is that they have been conceptualized in a way that has not compelled institutions to reconsider the normative and cultural assumptions and premises underlying their operational practices. On the contrary, such institutions have created new sets of mutual interlinkages around an understanding of sustainable development that perpetuates modern techno‐industrial arrangements. This chapter describes how this misconceptualization has occurred and outlines an alternative conceptualization that seeks to revise the cultural assumptions involved. It concludes with brief discussions of the remaining chapters in the book.

Keywords: environmental culture; environmental politics; sustainable development

Chapter.  8515 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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