Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives [NOOK Book]

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* Major new textbook on the geography of sustainable development
* Collaborative effort from one of the UK's leading geography departments
* Ideal for undergraduates in geography, environmental science and social science

Sustainable development is the new mantra, but what does it mean on the ground in how people relate to the physical environment and across landscapes? This book offers fresh insights into sustainable development by looking at it from a range of geographical perspectives. Building on existing ...
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Overview

* Major new textbook on the geography of sustainable development
* Collaborative effort from one of the UK's leading geography departments
* Ideal for undergraduates in geography, environmental science and social science

Sustainable development is the new mantra, but what does it mean on the ground in how people relate to the physical environment and across landscapes? This book offers fresh insights into sustainable development by looking at it from a range of geographical perspectives. Building on existing theory, it demonstrates geography's unique contribution to the study of human-environment relationships, and examines sustainability at the full range of spatial scales from the global to the local. Both theory and practice are discussed as the book explores sustainable development in urban and rural areas, in both developing and developed countries. The contributors suggest that the future path of sustainability is ours to forge if we make the choice and take action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136566028
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix
List of Contributors x
Preface xi
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xii
1 Introduction 1
Introduction 1
Conflicting Political Ideals 3
Sustainable Development as an Ambiguous Compromise 6
From Economic Growth to Sustainable Development 9
Capital: A Unifying Thread in Development Theories 13
Economic Theories of Sustainable Development 16
Reconciling the Political and Theoretical Discourses 20
Questions about Sustainable Development 22
Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Development 24
Conclusion 30
2 Geography and Sustainable Development 33
Introduction 33
A Case for Geography 33
Engaging with Sustainable Development 37
Geography and the Pursuit of More Sustainable Development 40
Looking Deeper 43
Conclusion 48
3 The Role of Spatial Scale and Spatial Interactions in Sustainable Development 50
Introduction 50
Structuring Global Space 51
Achieving Sustainable Development at Different Levels 57
Sustainable Development in Open Economies 60
Interaction between Different Spatial Levels 72
Conclusion 83
4 Linking the Local to the Global: Can Sustainable Development Work in Practice? 85
Introduction 85
Approaches to Development 86
Can Local Action Substitute for Ineffective State Institutions? 88
The Political Limits of Local Action 89
National Constraints on Participation in Sri Lanka 90
Institutional Change and Community Forestry in Nepal 92
Conclusion 96
5 Forecasting Urban Futures: A Systems Analytical Perspective on the Development of Sustainable Urban Regions 99
Introduction 99
Impacts of Urban Development 100
The Complexity of Urban Sustainability 105
A Systems Perspective: Urban Modelling and Sustainability Assessment 110
Models of Sustainable and Urban Development 116
The Quantifiable City Programme: Sustainable Urban Development Modelling in Practice 119
Problems and Prospects for Urban Sustainability Modelling 123
Conclusion 126
6 Making Cities More Sustainable: People, Plans and Participation 128
Introduction 128
Continuity and Change in Urban Problems 129
Outlining Sustainable Urban Development 132
Planning for Urban Sustainability 136
People as Planners: Participation in the Search for Sustainable Urban Development 143
Urban Challenges in the Developing World 146
Communicating Good Practice 151
Making the Local Universal: A Concluding Reflection 152
7 Business, Capital and Sustainable Economic Development 156
Introduction 156
Business and the Environment 157
Sustainable Economic Development as Eco-efficiency 159
Too Good To Be True: Are Win-Win Arguments Sustainable? 166
A Space for Sustainable Development? 171
Conclusion 177
8 Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century 179
Introduction 179
Modern Agriculture: Reviewing the Account 179
Sustainable Farming: Different Places, Different Solutions 186
Greater Resource Efficiency 187
Redistributing Resources 199
Conclusion: Sustainable Futures 204
9 Sustaining the Flow: Japanese Waterways and New Paradigms of Development 207
Introduction 207
21st-Century Japan: Poised for Sustainable Development? 207
Past Imperfect 208
River Management: The Context 211
Technocentric River Planning and the Ministry of Construction 215
Reassessing the Role of Rivers 217
From Words to Deeds 220
Problems Behind the Projects: Environmental Quality and Participation 224
Conclusion: Points of Ideological Cleavage 227
10 Sustainable Futures for the Arctic North 230
Introduction 230
Varieties of Development 231
Unsustainable Development: Past Practice and Conflict over Renewable and Non-renewable Resources 232
Sustainable Development in Principle 236
Moves Towards More Sustainable Development: The North American Experience 239
Lessons for the Russian Arctic 244
International Initiatives to Promote More Sustainable Development 246
Conclusion 248
11 Climate Change, Energy and Sustainable Development 250
Introduction 250
Climate Change: A Threat to Sustainable Development? 251
Adaptation to Current and Future Climate Regimes 255
Mitigating Climate Change 257
The Wider Context of Sustainable Development 261
Scales of Change: Theory and Practice 267
Conclusion 276
12 Sustainable Development and International Relations 279
Introduction 279
The World as Viewed by International Relations Theories 281
Climate Change: The Predominance of an Isolated Globalist Discourse 284
Discourses in Conflict at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development 293
Modifying Existing International Institutions 301
Conclusion 310
13 Future Perspectives: Developing Sustainable Development 313
Introduction 313
Reflecting upon Existing Strategies 313
A Necessary Critique 317
Consensus and Contest 321
The Challenge of Sustainable Development 322
Sustainable Development and Societal Change 327
A More Pragmatic Response 331
The Limitations of Current Theories 336
References 340
Index 388
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