Social Sustainability, Past and Future: Undoing Unintended Consequences for the Earth's Survival

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Cambridge University Press, 13 Feb 2020 - 350 halaman
In this book, Sander Van der Leeuw examines how the modern world has been caught in a socio-economic dynamic that has generated the conundrum of sustainability. Combining the methods of social science and complex systems science, he explores how western, developed nations have globalized their world view and how that view has led to the sustainability challenges we are now facing. Its central theme is the co-evolution of cognition, demography, social organization, technology and environmental impact. Beginning with the earliest human societies, Van der Leeuw links the distant past with the present in order to demonstrate how the information and communications technology revolution is undermining many of the institutional pillars on which contemporary societies have been constructed. An original view of social evolution as the history of human information-processing, his book shows how the past offers insight into the present, and can help us deal with the future. This title is also available as Open Access.
 

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How This Book Came About What It Is and What It Is Not
3
Defining the Challenge
15
Science and Society
30
Transdisciplinary For and Against
50
The Importance of a LongTerm Perspective
67
Looking Forward to the Future
79
The Role of the Complex Adaptive Systems Approach
100
An Outline of Human Socioenvironmental Coevolution
121
An Illustration of the Invention Process and Its Implications
237
Modeling the Dynamics of Socioenvironmental Transitions
263
The Rise of the West as a Globally Powered Flow Structure
287
Are We Reaching a Global Societal Tipping Point?
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Not an Ordinary Tipping Point
339
Our Fragmenting World
362
Is There a Way Out?
389
Green Growth?
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How to Put the Brain to Use
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Social Systems as SelfOrganizing Dissipative
144
Solutions Always Cause Problems
157
Transitions in the Organization of Human Societies
180
Novelty Invention Change
213
Conclusion
443
Bibliography
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Index
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Sander van der Leeuw is Foundation Professor in the Schools of Sustainability and Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Trained as an archaeologist and historian, he specializes in long-term interactions between humans and their environments and pioneering the application of the Complex Adaptive Systems approach to socio-environmental challenges, technology, and innovation. Van der Leeuw is the author and editor of eighteen books. In 2012, he was awarded the prize for 'Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation' by the United Nations Environment Program.

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