1st Edition

Understanding the Social Dimension of Sustainability

Edited By Jesse Dillard, Veronica Dujon, Mary C. King Copyright 2009
    316 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The imperative of the twenty-first century is sustainability: to raise the living standards of the world's poor and to achieve and maintain high levels of social health among the affluent nations while simultaneously reducing and reversing the environmental damage wrought by human activity. Scholars and practitioners are making progress toward environmental and economic sustainability, but we have very little understanding of the social dimension of sustainability.

    This volume is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary effort to identify the key elements of social sustainability through an examination of what motivates its pursuit and the conditions that promote or detract from its achievement. Included are theoretical and empirical pieces; examination of international and local efforts; discussions highlighting experiences in both the developing and industrialized nations; and a substantial focus on business practices. Contributors are grounded in sociology, economics, business administration, public administration, public health, geography, education and natural resource management.

    1. Introduction  Jesse Dillard, Veronica Dujon and Mary King  Part 1: Overviews of the Field  2. Emergent Principles of Social Sustainability Kristen Magis and Craig Shinn  3. An Inquiry into the Theoretical Basis of Sustainability: Ten Propositions Gary L. Larsen  4. An Antidote to a Partial Economics of Sustainability Mary C. King  Part 2: International Perspectives  5. Global Civil Society: Architect and Agent of International Democracy and Sustainability Kristen Magis  6. In the Absence of Affluence: The Struggle for Social Sustainability in the Third World Veronica Dujon  7. Child Labor and Improved Common Forest Management in Bolivia Randall Bluffstone  Part 3: The Role of Business  8. Social Sustainability: An Organizational Level Analysis Jan Bebbington and Jesse Dillard  9. Social Sustainability: One Company’s Story Jesse Dillard and David Layzell  10. Working out Social Sustainability on the Ground Kathryn Thomsen and Mary C. King  11. Triple Bottom Line: A Business Metaphor for a Social Construct Jesse Dillard, Darrell Brown and Scott Marshall  Part 4: Local Applications  12. Exploring Common Ground: Community Food Systems and Social Sustainability Leslie McBride  13. Social Capital and Community-University Partnerships W. Barry Messer and Kevin Kecskes  14. Advancing Social Sustainability: An Intervention Approach Jan C. Semenza  Part 5: Integration and Conclusion  15. Reflection and Directions for the Future Jesse Dillard, Veronica Dujon and Mary King


    Jesse Dillard currently holds the Retzlaff Chair in Accounting, is Director of the Center for Professional Integrity and Accountability in the School of Business at Portland State University and holds an honorary appointment in the University of Sheffield’s Management School.

    Veronica Dujon is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Portland State University, where she co-teaches a seminar on Social Sustainability.

    Mary C. King is Professor of Economics at Portland State University, where she co-teaches a graduate course on Social Sustainability with Veronica Dujon and Barbara Dudley.

    "This book breaks new ground in the important area of social sustainability – a topic that is frequently mentioned by business people, investors, academics, and others, but is not yet well understood. This book combines detailed, on-the-ground examples with a strong theoretic overview. It will advance understanding and application of the idea of sustainable societies."

    -- Neva Goodwin, lead author of the textbooks, Micro and Macro-Economics in Context, and Co-director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University