• Dissonant sustainabilities? Politicising and psychologising antagonisms in the conservation-development nexus.

    Author(s):
    Sian Sullivan (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Item Type:
    Technical report
    Institution:
    Bath Spa University / Future Pasts
    Tag(s):
    Conservation, Environmental humanities
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6Q872
    Abstract:
    Reflecting on more than twenty years engagement with the idea that development and economic growth are essential for ensuring environmental conservation and sustainability, a key experience for me has been that of dissonance. In this talk I draw on the concept of ‘dissonance’ as explored some decades ago by psychologist Leon Festinger in A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957). I focus in particular on how the coherence of sustainability discourses can be maintained precisely by managing, and often excluding, contradictory information, however robustly argued and evidenced that information might be. My intention is to highlight ways in which this management of dissonance is also ideological in nature, with implications for understanding the antagonisms with which sustainability discourse is infused.
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