Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2707-2718; doi:10.3390/su2082707
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Promoting Cultural Sustainability in the Context of Public Health: A Thai Perspective

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Received: 12 July 2010; in revised form: 23 August 2010 / Accepted: 23 August 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
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Abstract: Over the last 4 decades, the concept of sustainable development has emerged in response to environmental and economic crises related to the consumption of non-renewable resources. The challenge of developing a sustainable economy has moved beyond the disciplines of economics, environmental and political science to include an ecological approach involving the public health community. The role of cultural values in defining and addressing the issue of sustainability from a public health perspective varies among nations and is dependent on multiple factors. This paper highlights the challenges related to sustainability and current health problems in Thailand. An innovative educational approach from Mahidol University, a leading public health institution, incorporates the principles of a sufficiency economy while integrating the school’s mission of preserving and applying national and local culture and wisdom to sustain and improve quality of life.
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; public health; culture; Thailand
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Rawiworrakul, T.; Triumchaisri, S.; Mawn, B. Promoting Cultural Sustainability in the Context of Public Health: A Thai Perspective. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2707-2718.

AMA Style

Rawiworrakul T, Triumchaisri S, Mawn B. Promoting Cultural Sustainability in the Context of Public Health: A Thai Perspective. Sustainability. 2010; 2(8):2707-2718.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Rawiworrakul, Tassanee; Triumchaisri, Somporn; Mawn, Barbara. 2010. "Promoting Cultural Sustainability in the Context of Public Health: A Thai Perspective." Sustainability 2, no. 8: 2707-2718.


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