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The Resilience of Unsustainability. Cultural Backlash, Authoritarian Reflex and the Great Regression

Sonstige Sigmund-Freund-Universität, Festsaal19:00 - 21:00

Type Lecture / discussion
SpeakerUniv.-Prof. Dr. Ingolfur Blühdorn
Organizer Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Institute for Social Change and Sustainability (IGN), WU Wien

Con­tem­por­ary con­sumer so­ci­et­ies are wit­ness­ing a sig­ni­fic­ant trans­form­a­tion of their polit­ical cul­ture. The si­lent re­volu­tion since the 1970s, that is, the steady rise of eco-­demo­cratic value pref­er­ences, had seemed to build ca­pa­cit­ies for the kind of so­cio-e­co­lo­gical trans­form­a­tion which is now more ur­gent than ever be­fore. For in light of mod­ern so­ci­et­ies’ mul­tiple sus­tain­ab­il­ity crisis, many ob­servers say, the con­tinu­ation of the status quo is simply not an op­tion. Yet, today’s pop­u­list re­volu­tion – the Aus­trian example be­ing a good case in point – is a head-on at­tack on the old eco-­demo­cratic agenda and a de­termined re­in­force­ment of the es­tab­lished polit­ics of un­sus­tain­ab­il­ity. How may we ex­plain the curi­ous re­si­li­ence of this order of un­sus­tain­ab­il­ity? How does the pop­u­list re­volu­tion change the pro­spects for the de­man­ded so­cio-e­co­lo­gical trans­form­a­tion?

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