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Document Type

Article Restricted

Publication Date

1998

Journal Title

Ecological Economics

Volume Number

24

Issue Number

2-3

First Page

183

Last Page

192

DOI

doi.org/10.1016/S0921-8009(97)00142-0

Abstract

In this paper I discuss both the limitations and possible uses of the sustainability discourse. I begin by convassing various conceptions of sustainability and sketching some difficulties with the notions that have been introduced. Next some possible uses of the idea of sustainability are identified. I go on to discuss these in the context of disputes over public lands in the United States. Finally I say why we must go beyond sustainability if we are successfully to address the present disorder regarding the human relationship to nature.

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