Is it just sustainability? The political-economy of urban sustainability, economic development and social justice

Show simple item record Skinner, Lara Renee 2010-12-30T01:55:09Z 2010-12-30T01:55:09Z 2010-06
dc.description xvi, 298 p. : col. map. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number. en_US
dc.description.abstract Cities in the United States are increasingly challenged with sharpening inequalities, social exclusion and the effects of a swelling environmental footprint. In response, city officials, political interest groups and residents have seized the framework of urban sustainability to address these mounting social and environmental problems. However, the push for environmental and social sustainability often directly contradicts the push by influential urban business coalitions for cities to be more economically competitive with other locales. I explore the compatibility of urban sustainability and economic development through a case study of Eugene, Oregon's Sustainable Business Initiative, led by Mayor Kitty Piercy. In this Initiative, the interaction between the urban sustainability and economic development discourses calls into question current entrepreneurial strategies and opens the door to exploring the implications of integrating sustainability and social justice concepts with urban economic development policy. Labor-community-environmental coalitions, with a broad vision for sustainability and regional equity, present an alternative to traditional business coalitions' influence on economic development policy and provide a strategy for economic development based in wealth redistribution and environmental health. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Committee in charge: Gregory McLauchlan, Chairperson, Sociology; Yvonne Braun, Member, Sociology; Linda Fuller, Member, Womens and Gender Studies; Michael Bussel, Outside Member, History en_US
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dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Dept. of Sociology, Ph. D., 2010;
dc.subject Urban sustainability en_US
dc.subject Economic development -- Oregon -- Eugene en_US
dc.subject Social justice en_US
dc.subject Social equity en_US
dc.subject Just sustainability en_US
dc.subject Labor unions en_US
dc.subject Environmental justice en_US
dc.subject Sustainability en_US
dc.subject Social structure en_US
dc.subject Urban planning en_US
dc.subject Sustainable development -- Oregon -- Eugene
dc.subject Sustainable Business Initiative
dc.subject Eugene (Or.). Sustainable Business Initiative
dc.title Is it just sustainability? The political-economy of urban sustainability, economic development and social justice en_US
dc.title.alternative Political-economy of urban sustainability, economic development and social justice en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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