Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City : Acting in the common place
Pragmatic Justifications for the Sustainable City: Acting in the Common Place offers a critical and philosophical approach to revaluating the way in which we think and talk about the "sustainable city" to ensure that we neither lose the thread of our urban history, nor the means to live well amidst diversity of all kinds. By building and rebuilding better habits of urban thinking, this book promotes the reconstruction of moral thinking, paving the way for a new urban sustainability model of justice.
Utilizing multidisciplinary case studies and building upon anti-foundationalist principles, this book offers a pragmatic interpretation of sustainable development concepts within our emerging global urban context and will be a valuable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academics and professionals in the areas of urban and planning policy, sociology, and urban and environmental geography.
- Hardback | 162 pages
- 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 485g
- 07 Apr 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 21 Halftones, black and white
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22 Oct 2014
04 Sep 2015
26 Apr 2018
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24 Nov 2015
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Our starting point: sustainability and justice made urban
Chapter 2 Sustainability as a slippery and a sticky concept
Chapter 3 Celebrating the city, for all the wrong reasons?
Prelude: An urban way forward in a pragmatic view
Chapter 4 An urban shot at authenticity
Chapter 5 Empowerment in urban communities
Chapter 6 Risk and resilience
Chapter 7 Conclusion: A better urban life to be lived
Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research, USA
In our pursuit of urban justice and sustainability 'despair is not an option' argues Meg Holden but 'willingness to compromise' is. ã Using anti-foundational, humanist, core pragmatic ideas alongside more contemporary analytical interpretations, she critiques sustainable developmentã concepts, plans and policies and articulates a hopeful, moral platform on which to learn about, talk about and ultimately build sustainable cities.
Professor Julian Agyeman, Tufts University, USA
Why don't we have more books like this? Smart, theoretically astute, profoundly relevant, morally engaged, and thought-provoking. Meg Holden has written an outstanding book. Everyone working in the value-inflected world of urban studies should read this book.
Robert A. Beauregard, Columbia University, USA
In this compelling book Meg Holden charts a new pathway to the sustainable city, guided by the spirit and philosophy of pragmatism.ã In dispirited times, this is a much needed and unique contribution to those most pressing challenges in the urban age: justice, sustainability and democracy.ã Here hope is not the misty ideal of political rhetoric, but the hammer that must be applied to the anvil of pragmatism to fashion, at last, that most elusive object, the sustainable city.
Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne, Australia
About Meg Holden