Amid hybridism and polysemy: A sociological analysis of sustainabilities

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The objective of this article is to present a sociological analysis about sustainability based on questionings about ecology, economics, sociology and anthropology. From the assumption that its scientific production is polysemic, complex and asymmetrical regarding ecological, economical and socio-anthropological contents, it is important to find a methodology that comprises the internal articulation of the proposals as well as the interdisciplinary practices derived from it. This proposal, based on the reflexive modernization theory and in the social studies of science, suggests that the various sustainability ideas have to be analyzed observing: the ontological conceptions of human and non-human interaction events; the idea of disturbance, including risk and threat situations; and, the derived consequences of the approach of environmental dilemmas. This analysis hopes to contribute with a sociological point of view, focused on the linkage between the scientific artifact and the politic propositivity inside the environmental context.




Da Silva Junior, R. D., Da Costa Ferreira, L., & Lewinsohn, T. M. (2015). Amid hybridism and polysemy: A sociological analysis of sustainabilities. Ambiente e Sociedade, 18(4), 35–54.

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