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Urban social sustainability: A concept analysis

Author(s): Mirkov Anđelka

Journal: Sociologija
ISSN 0038-0318

Volume: 54;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: social sustainability | city | social equality | diversity | social capital | citizen participation | social cohesion | security

The paper analyses the concept of urban social sustainability in order to provide a systematization of the main ideas contained in various interpretations of the term. First, it deals with the problems and dilemmas in defining the term of urban social sustainability, showing complexity of the idea and disagreements about its interpretation. Then it discusses the relation between the main dimensions of sustainable development for the purpose of explaining the two complement approaches to urban social sustainability. One approach sees urban social sustainability as a mean of achieving environmental and economic sustainability, while the other approach analyses urban social sustainability as a value in itself. A significant part of the paper concerns the dominant concepts within the discourse of urban social sustainability. Normative principles and operational dimensions of the term may be derived on the basis of these concepts.
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