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dc.contributor.authorFievet, Charles Joseph
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T01:09:08Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T01:09:08Z
dc.date.issued2006-08
dc.identifier.otherfievet_charles_j_200608_mla
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/fievet_charles_j_200608_mla
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23366
dc.description.abstractThough it generally has environmental connotations, sustainability is at its most basic a social concept. It is society that is of interest in being ‘sustained;’ the environment will remain with or without society. Thus the environment is important to sustainability in that it supports society. This thesis argues that sustainability as it is currently understood is incomplete in that it does not include social concepts with any depth, and integrating ideas from social theory into sustainability can move it forward in a meaningful way. I focus on two social theories, social constructionism and critical realism, and investigate how they might be used to provide insight into concepts of sustainability. Finally, I form a new conceptualization of sustainability for landscape architecture, termed ‘dynamic sustainability,’ that embraces four goals: social meaning, natural meaning, participation, and change.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectcritical realism
dc.subjectecology
dc.subjectenvironment
dc.subjectnature
dc.subjectsocial constructionism
dc.subjectsocial process
dc.subjectsociology
dc.subjectsustainable development
dc.subjectsustainability
dc.titleIntegrating social theory and sustainability
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMLA
dc.description.departmentLandscape Architecture
dc.description.majorLandscape Architecture
dc.description.advisorR. Alfred Vick
dc.description.committeeR. Alfred Vick
dc.description.committeeMark Reinberger
dc.description.committeeIan Firth
dc.description.committeeEric MacDonald


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