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Culture in Sustainability: Towards a Transdisciplinary Approach

Edited by Sari Asikainen, Claudia Brites, Katarzyna Plebanczyk, Ljiljana Rogac Mijatovic and Katrina Soini, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, 2017, 160 pages, ISBN: 978-951-39-7267-7

In order to meet many urgent challenges of the present, new modes of thinking and acting are required. It is increasingly agreed that sustainable development as incremental change is not sufficient, but a fundamental transformation to sustainability that concerns the human systems as a whole, is needed.

This book is a compilation of the papers presented at the Final Conference of the COST Action Investigating Cultural Sustainability, that took place in Helsinki in May 2015. It presents several very different perspectives on how the idea of culture in sustainability was interpreted and approached, showing the diversity of the issues that have been discussed and need to be taken into account when talking about culture in sustainability.

The first part of the book is composed of theoretical and conceptual considerations on the relation between culture and sustainable development or sustainability. The second part focuses on policies and practices and explores the ways that culture is produced and reproduced in different contexts and the concepts and methods that can be used. The third part of the book explores the role of aesthetics and arts introducing the transdisciplinary approach as a practice for understanding and promoting sustainability.

The field of research into culture and sustainable development is broad and still finding its place in the realm of academic research, which was proven by the COST Action and by the conference, and which is well illustrated by the chapters of this book. The book gives some snapshots of the possible ways and approaches in which researchers who engage with this field connect their research to the theme, while contributing to the shaping of the discourse of culture in sustainability.

The publication is available at: https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/56075