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Sustainability 2016, 8(2), 167;

Culture-Sustainability Relation: Towards a Conceptual Framework

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Center for Environment, University of Helsinki, P. O. Box 65, Viikinkaari 2A, Helsinki FI-00014, Finland
Natural Resources Institute, Latokartanonkaari 9, Helsinki FI-00790, Finland
Social Sciences Unit, Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research, Burg. van Gansberghelaan 115, box 2, Merelbeke 9820, Belgium
Centre for Sustainable Development, Ghent University, Poel 16, Gent 9000, Belgium
Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, Gent 9000, Belgium
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Received: 7 January 2016 / Revised: 1 February 2016 / Accepted: 8 February 2016 / Published: 11 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainability of Culture and Heritage)
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Several individual scholars and international organizations have attempted to conceptualize “culture” in its different meanings in sustainability. Despite those efforts, a tangle of different approaches are being used, reflecting the various disciplines and policy aims. In this paper we propose an interdisciplinary framework for identifying the different roles of culture in sustainability in an attempt to guide the research and policy activities in this complex field. The framework is comprised of three representations defined by a literature review on “cultural sustainability”, which are further explored through eight organizing dimensions that mark the similarities and differences between the three representations. The article reveals that the three representations are partly interlinked and that they also reveal gradients in the dynamics of the system, as well as in the human/nature interface. View Full-Text
Keywords: culture; sustainability; sustainable development; cultural sustainability; interdisciplinary framework culture; sustainability; sustainable development; cultural sustainability; interdisciplinary framework

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