Understanding Sustainability

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Speth, James Gustave. 2012. America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy. Yale University Press, New Haven. [Related essay by author in Orion, part 1] [Essay by author in Orion, part 2] [review] [Preface] [podcast interview] [author presentation]

Spielhagen, Robert F., Kirstin Werner, Steffen Aagaard Sørensen, Katarzyna Zamelczyk, Evguenia Kandiano, Gereon Budeus, Katrine Husum, Thomas M. Marchitto, and Morten Hald. 2011. "Enhanced Modern Heat Transfer to the Arctic by Warm Atlantic Water." Science 331(6016):450-453. [abstract]   [news story]    

Spies, Chris F.J. 2006. "Resolutionary Change: The Art of Awakening Dormant Faculties in Others." Social Change and Conflict Transformation: Berghof Handbook for Conflict Transformation 5:49-60. [PDF]

Spiroux de Vendômois, Joël, François Roullier, Dominique Cellier, and Gilles-Eric Séralini. 2009. "A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health." International Journal of Biological Sciences 5:706-726. [news story  1] [news story 2]

Spotts, Pete. 2013. "Why has global warming paused? Pacific Ocean's 'engine room' running cool. Despite years of record heat, the rate of global warming has been almost zero in recent years, puzzling scientists. The cycles of the tropical Pacific could hold the answer." The Christian Science Monitor 28 August. 

Springer, Simon, K. Birch, and J. MacLeavy (eds.). 2016. The Handbook of Neoliberalism. Routledge, London.

Springer, Simon. 2010. "Neoliberalism and Geography: Expansions, Variegations, Formations." Geography Compass 4(8):1025-1038. [PDF]

Springer, Simon. 2016. "Fuck Neoliberalism." ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 15(2):285-292. [video presentation] [alternative publication with additional comments]

  • "In this neoliberal moment it’s not a case of mere problematic individuals being in power. Instead, it is our very belief in the system itself that epitomizes the core of the problem. We produce and enable the institutional conditions for 'the Lucifer effect' to play itself out (Zimbardo 2007). 'The banality of evil' is such that these politicians are just doing their jobs in a system that rewards perversions of power because it is all designed to serve the laws of capitalism (Arendt 1971). But we don’t have to obey. We’re not beholden to this order. Through our direct action and the organization of alternatives we can indict the entire structure and break this vicious cycle of abuse." (p. 289) [The Lucifer effect suggests that good people may turn evil under the right conditions.]
  • My note: The problem, of course, is that neoliberal thinking pervades the culture to such a degree that many would-be supporters of reform are unaware of their complicity in serving the neoliberal agenda. Promoting and encouraging individual responsibility at the expense of broad societal responsibility is to promote the neoliberal agenda. 

Springer, Simon. 2016. "The violence of neoliberalism." Pages 153-163 in S. Springer, K. Birch, and J. MacLeavy (eds.), The Handbook of Neoliberalism. Routledge, London. [PDF]

  • "When we bear witness to violence, what we are seeing is not a 'thing', but a moment with a past, present, and future that is determined by its elaborate relations with other moments of social process (Springer 2011). The material 'act' of violence itself is merely a confluence in the flows of oppressive social relations, and one that is persistently marked with absolutist accounts of space and time, when instead violence should be recognized as being temporally dispersed through a whole series of 'troubling geographies' (Gregory 2006). Nonetheless, understanding the resonances of violence within the now orthodox political economic model of neoliberalism … is of critical importance to social justice. Only through a conceptualization of fluidity and process can we begin to recognize how violence and neoliberalism might actually converge." (p. 154)
  • Note: Sustainability has become a field of discourse largely focused, as Springer illuminates, on moments in time and things that become expressed as soundbites, greenwashing, tokenism, and feel-goodism, but rarely connected to the whole dynamic complex system.

Springett, Delyse. 2003. "Business conceptions of sustainable development: a perspective from critical theory." Business Strategy and the Environment 12(2):71-86. [related Ph.D. thesis by author (PDF)]

  • "It is argued that the predominating 'green business' discourse engages only superficially with sustainable development, and that what is now needed is a discourse of business and sustainable development framed in critical theory."

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