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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1331; doi:10.3390/su9081331

Sustainability and Ecological Civilization in the Age of Anthropocene: An Epistemological Analysis of the Psychosocial and “Culturalist” Interpretations of Global Environmental Risks

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Department of French, FuJen Catholic University, Taipei 24205, Taiwan
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Centre d’Etudes Français sur la Chine Contemporaine (The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China—CEFC), UMIFRE 18, MAEE-CNRS, Hong-Kong, China
Received: 20 April 2017 / Revised: 26 June 2017 / Accepted: 26 June 2017 / Published: 1 August 2017
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The aim of this article is to assess the validity of the culturalist explanation of unsustainability by critically examining the social–cultural interpretation of the risks on which it is epistemologically based. First, we will explore the different ways in which the notion of Anthropocene is changing our perception of risks. Second, we will analyze the limits of the social–cultural explanation of risks relative to the global (non-linear) interdependence between human activities and environmental processes that defines the Anthropocene. Third, we will introduce the Chinese concept of Ecological Civilization and analyze its cultural foundations and culturalist assumptions. Finally, we will develop the practical consequences of this critic of the social-cultural interpretation of risks and of culturalist explanations of unsustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: risks; Anthropocene; social construct; Planetary Risks; risk perception; environmental sociology; ecological civilization; Asian ethos; Culturalism risks; Anthropocene; social construct; Planetary Risks; risk perception; environmental sociology; ecological civilization; Asian ethos; Culturalism
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Heurtebise, J.-Y. Sustainability and Ecological Civilization in the Age of Anthropocene: An Epistemological Analysis of the Psychosocial and “Culturalist” Interpretations of Global Environmental Risks. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1331.

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