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Four misunderstandings about sustainability and transitions

Thomas Block (UGent) and Erik Paredis (UGent)
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In this book chapter, Thomas Block and Erik Paredis discuss four misunderstandings about sustainability and transitions. These popular and often-used concepts are subject to a diversity of interpretations and misunderstandings about their meaning. Four common ‘misunderstandings’ are (1) that sustainability is only about ecological concerns, (2) that we need a waterproof and objective definition of sustainability, (3) that every change towards sustainability can be seen as a transition and (4) that we can easily plan and manage sustainability transitions. The authors argue that sustainability is neither an objective standard nor an arbitrary concept, but that it is a broad political notion. Through a brief introduction to the multilevel perspective on sustainability transitions, they also indicate that building a more sustainable world is a very complex process that requires fundamental changes in socio-technical regimes. Transitions, they argue, go hand in hand with resistance, power struggles and questions of legitimacy which constitute its political dimension.

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Block, Thomas, and Erik Paredis. 2019. “Four Misunderstandings About Sustainability and Transitions.” In Sustainable Development Teaching : Ethical and Political Challenges, ed. Katrien Van Poeck, Leif Olov Östman, and Johan Öhman, 15–27. Routledge.
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Block, T., & Paredis, E. (2019). Four misunderstandings about sustainability and transitions. In K. Van Poeck, L. O. Östman, & J. Öhman (Eds.), Sustainable development teaching : ethical and political challenges (pp. 15–27). Routledge.
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Block T, Paredis E. Four misunderstandings about sustainability and transitions. In: Van Poeck K, Östman LO, Öhman J, editors. Sustainable development teaching : ethical and political challenges. Routledge; 2019. p. 15–27.
MLA
Block, Thomas, and Erik Paredis. “Four Misunderstandings About Sustainability and Transitions.” Sustainable Development Teaching : Ethical and Political Challenges. Ed. Katrien Van Poeck, Leif Olov Östman, & Johan Öhman. Routledge, 2019. 15–27. Print.
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  author       = {Block, Thomas and Paredis, Erik},
  booktitle    = {Sustainable development teaching : ethical and political challenges},
  editor       = {Van Poeck, Katrien and Östman, Leif Olov and Öhman, Johan},
  isbn         = {9780815357537},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {15--27},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Routledge Studies in Sustainability},
  title        = {Four misunderstandings about sustainability and transitions},
  url          = {https://www.routledge.com/Sustainable-Development-Teaching-Ethical-and-Political-Challenges/Poeck-Ostman-Ohman/p/book/9780815357537},
  year         = {2019},
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