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

Sullivan, S (2018) Dissonant sustainabilities? Politicising and psychologising antagonisms in the conservation-development nexus. Future Pasts, Bath. ISBN 9781911126072

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 discourse is managed 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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Future Pasts Working Paper No.5.

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Keywords: cognitive dissonance; sustainability; conservation and development; Namibia; CBNRM; conservancies; trophy hunting; biodiversity offsetting; blockchain technology; cryptocurrencies; ideology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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