9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN12 Environment and Society

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Social Theory and the Environment Building I, Auditório J.J. Laginha

The Sustainability Concept in Latin-America Social Theory: a preliminary analysis

Considering the amount of problems that the definition of sustainability places, even by its natural range, it is expected that different views, visions and versions have emerged and been consolidated over the past years. Thus, the concept of sustainability has been widely used within different theoretical approaches and disciplines, often contradictory. This article aims to analyze the concept of sustainability in the Latin American Social Theory, with reference to the database developed for the Project: Environmental Issues, Interdisciplinary, Social Theory and intellectual production in Latin America (FAPESP process 05/52317-1). The Database contains an extensive bibliography and detailed survey of the Brazilian production in the area of Environment and Society, which results from the analysis of books, articles and thesis developed at research and graduate centers. In relation to the Latin American countries examined were considered the following centers: FLACSO and the Instituto de Investigacion y Desarrollo Econômico e Social in Argentina, the United Nations Program on the Environment (UNEP) and Universidad Autonoma in Mexico, the Centro Latinoamericano de Ecologia Social (Claes) in Uruguay; Division de Desarrollo Sostenible y Asentamientos Humanos (UN-Cepal) in Chile, the UNAL-Leticia headquarters and Instituto Amazônico de Pesquisa Científica (SINCHI) - Leticia in Colombia and FLACSO in Ecuador. The different conceptions of sustainability have also been object of study of the research project FAPESP - Caminhos da Cantareira (process 06/61505-9), with special reference to the relationship between water resources management and sustainability. This work presents a preliminary analysis of the Brazilian production registered in the database with a qualitative and a quantitative approach and consultation ended on December 15, 2008. The quantitative analysis was preceded by another moment, where the interest was to analyze how the concept of sustainability has been incorporated by the Latin American Social Theory, considering the Research Centers that are being prioritized by the project and the theoretical approaches and traditions to which the material is bound. This text also aims to systematize some approaches found to sustainability without exhausting all its possibilities and developments, since this is a discussion under construction.