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Sustainability: The Basics

1st Edition

By Peter Jacques


238 pages

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Sustainability is concerned with the issues around the ongoing and mutual preservation of both society and the environment. It is a widely used term and supposed goal for many governments but it is also easily misunderstood. Sustainability: The Basics offers an accessible and interdisciplinary introduction to the concept, and discusses key questions such as:

  • How do we decide who or what should be sustained?
  • How can we ensure that the world’s resources are distributed fairly?
  • What lessons can we learn from the collapse of previous civilizations?

Sustainability studies is in a position to ask some of the most interesting questions about human purpose, identity, modernity, ethics, and the nature of "progress". This book is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about we can ‘hold up’ civilization, humanity, and the world we live in.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Sustainability: What is at Stake? 2. The principles of Sustainability 3. Endurance and Ruin: An Economic Memoire 4. Measuring Sustainability 5. Ethics, Justice, Moral Order and Oblivion 6. Politics at the End of the World 7. The Collapse of Civilizations and Dark Ages 8. Conclusion Glossary References

About the Author

Peter Jacques is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Central Florida and is currently the Sustainability Faculty Fellow.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects