Community Sustainability and Social Justice

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  • Title: Community Sustainability and Social Justice: Whose Vision?
  • Author(s): Diane Costello, Brian Bishop
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: On Sustainability
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review
  • Keywords: Civil Society, Sustainability, Social Justice, Globalization, Social Capital
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2009
  • ISSN: 1832-2077 (Print)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1832-2077/CGP/v05i01/54562
  • Citation: Costello, Diane, and Brian Bishop. 2009. "Community Sustainability and Social Justice: Whose Vision?." The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review 5 (1): 141-160. doi:10.18848/1832-2077/CGP/v05i01/54562.
  • Extent: 20 pages

Abstract

Government policies in Australia rely heavily on local communities developing their social capital networks to solve complex social, economic and environmental problems. This study explored a regional community’s experiences with promoting social, environmental and economic strategies to facilitate community development within the sustainability paradigm. Applying multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks this study contributes a contextual view of a complex adaptive system. It is argued that the power differentials in governance relations and inclusivity of stake-holders in developing community visions is overlooked by decision makers. Furthermore that locational disadvantage and political isolation are also key considerations.