Social Sustainability, Past and Future

By Sander Van Der Leeuw,

Book cover of Social Sustainability, Past and Future: Undoing Unintended Consequences for the Earth's Survival

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In this book, Sander Van der Leeuw examines how the modern world has been caught in a socio-economic dynamic that has generated the conundrum of sustainability. Combining the methods of social science and complex systems science, he explores how western, developed nations have globalized their world view and how that…

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1 author picked Social Sustainability, Past and Future as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

As a researcher exploring informational aspects of social-ecological systems, I find this comprehensive open access scholarly book on social sustainability endlessly fascinating and thought-provoking. The book’s central theme is the role played by the organization of information processing and its social evolution in complex adaptive systems throughout human history. The main strength of this work is its future perspective in the detailed context of the past, with this line capturing the shift: “for the first time in the history of our species we are faced with a major transition in that domain, from human to electronic information processing.” The author…

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