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Envisioning Sustainabilities

Towards an Anthropology of Sustainability

Editor(s): Fiona Murphy, Pierre McDonagh

Book Description

This volume is a collection of essays considering the relationship between the social sciences and sustainability studies. Contributions are drawn from a range of disciplines, such as sociology, anthropology (both scholarly and applied), political science, and media studies.

It has been carefully edited to provide the reader with a range of commentaries to interrogate the evolution of ‘sustainability imaginaries’ in contexts as varied as urban planning, community gardens, bread-making, sustainable food movements in Italy, applied projects such as water projects in Bangladesh, and disaster studies.

As such, this is a book which ultimately argues for the value of the social sciences in considering one of the more urgent and complex topics of our time – that of sustainability.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9537-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9537-7
Date of Publication: 01/09/2016
Pages / Size: 250 / A5
Price: £52.99


Fiona Murphy is a Queens University Belfast Research Fellow based at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Fiona earned her doctorate in Anthropology from Maynooth University in 2009. She specialises in Indigenous politics and movements, refugees and mobility studies, and sustainability in Australia and Ireland.

Pierre McDonagh, BSocSc, MBA, PhD, is Professor of Marketing at the University of Bath, England. He has worked at Universities in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and the United States. Pierre’s research primarily focuses on the (im)possibility of sustainability within the prevailing order and oppositional counter culture.