Hammond, M (2019) Sustainability as a Cultural Transformation: The Role of Deliberative Democracy. Environmental Politics. ISSN 0964-4016

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What might break the ‘glass ceiling’ that has so far prevented a deep sustainability transformation? I consider the cultural dimension of such a transformation. Cultural meanings not only provide the building blocks of individuals’ life stories, but collectively construct social reality, powerfully shaping how people think and act. Any glass ceiling to societal transformation is partly cultural, and can be reproduced by a society’s ‘political grammar,’ which constrains what can be perceived and politically advanced. Contesting these limits is vital for making glass ceilings visible and opening up new transformative potentials. Consequently, overcoming the glass ceiling of the environmental state must be understood as a cultural transformation: a process of ‘meaning-making’ that re-orientates people’s fundamental norms and outlooks. This adds nuance to the debate around democracy and sustainability; it is not democracy in general, but only a particularly vibrant and critical deliberative sphere that can provide the necessary political foundation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final version of this accepted manuscript will be available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1684731
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, social transformation, glass ceiling, culture, meaning-making, deliberative democracy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2019 08:34
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/7094

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