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- DescriptionEcomic Growth and Sustainable Housing: An Uneasy Relationship critically discusses the possibilities of decoupling environmental degradation from ecomic growth. The author refutes the belief in combining perpetual ecomic growth with long-term environmental sustainability based on the premise that ecomic growth can be fully decoupled from negative environmental impacts. This proposition is underpinned by intensive study in the housing sector from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Xue employs critical realism to inform the investigation and organize the argumentation throughout the book. The book is organised into four parts: the first discusses the relevance of critical realism to the research field of housing and urban sustainable development in terms of ontology and methodology. The second makes a transcendental refutation of the possibilities of decoupling ecomic growth from housing-related environmental impacts by describing transfactual conditions of full decoupling. The third part presents two case studies to show whether and to what extents decoupling between ecomic growth and housing-related environmental impacts have historically taken place. Inspired by critical realist ontology, generalization of abstract concept from the case studies are made to cast light on the implausibility of maintaining perpetual ecomic growth through decoupling. The final part explains why and how the belief in full decoupling and ecomic growth is generated and sustained despite its implausibility and n-necessity, which constitutes an explanatory critique of the growth and decoupling ideology and paves the way for the paradigm shift to socially sustainable de-growth. This book will be of interest to students of housing and urban studies, to students of environmental sustainability and also for those students and academics with a general interest in critical realism.
- Author BiographyJin Xue is Assistant Professor in the Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University. Dr Xue received her Ph.D. degree in urban planning from Aalborg University in 2012.
- Author(s)Jin Xue
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication22/05/2015
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note44 black & white illustrations, 3 black & white tables, 16 black & white halftones, 41 black & white line drawings
- Weight340 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
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