Conclusions: a proposal for a brave new world of conceptual reflexivity

Boström, Magnus, Davidson, Debra J., and Lockie, Stewart (2018) Conclusions: a proposal for a brave new world of conceptual reflexivity. In: Boström, Magnus, and Davidson, Debra J., (eds.) Environment and Society: concepts and challenges. Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy . Palgrave McMillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 351-374.

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[Extract] "Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your action, your actions become your destiny"

These verses from Mahatma Gandhi largely capture the premise for this volume, althought we might replace 'your' with a collective 'our', and emphasize the bi-directional relations between the verses. Environmental social scientists must work proactively to facilitate learning, by acknowledging and enabling the knowledgeable, competent, and reflexive efforts by a variety of actors in our contemporary, global society. Learning for environmental change will have to engage all levels and spheres of society, confronting issues of structural inertia, cultural ignorance and conflicting societal interests. Crucial questions entail how individual and collective actors, lay persons and experts, develop the reflexive capability to promote change, and counteract structural and cultural forces that prevent change.

Item ID: 54531
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-76414-6
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2018 23:35
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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