Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada
320 pages, 6 x 9
8 colour illustrations, 3 maps
Release Date:10 May 2000
Release Date:01 Jun 1999
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada

UBC Press

What is a sustainable community? The pressing need to answer thissimple question is what prompted John Pierce and Ann Dale to gather theessays in this volume. Communities, Development, and Sustainabilityacross Canada is a timely synthesis of work on how Canadiancommunities can achieve sustainable development. It bridges the gapbetween theory and praxis and brings together academics, policy makers,and community activists, all of whom have argued for increased localparticipation in sustainable community development. Communities havebecome the weak link in efforts to refashion relations between theenvironment and the economy. The goal of this book is not simply todescribe problems but also to suggest answers, not simply to offertheory but also to promote action, so that Canadian communities canbetter achieve sustainable development.

The twelve essays are organized into four sections: Vision,Connections, Action, and Assessing Progress. The first and lastsections discuss local sustainable development within the context ofincreasing globalization. The second section approaches sustainabledevelopment from the perspective of social evolution and urban systems.The third section, the heart of the book, is comprised of threecommunity case studies, an assessment of the Pacific salmon fishery,and four general discussions of sustainable development. The conclusionreiterates the need to make communities stronger links in sustainabledevelopment.

The message of Communities, Development, and Sustainabilityacross Canada is clear: it is time for communities themselves toact if they are to achieve sustainable development. This provocativeand persuasive book will prove to be a valuable guide to taking thefirst steps.

John T. Pierce teaches in the Department of Geographyand is Dean of Arts at Simon Fraser University. AnnDale is Senior Associate at the Sustainable DevelopmentResearch Institute of the University of British Columbia andVice-President, Research, of the Canadian Biodiversity Institute inOttawa.

Figures, Tables, and Maps

Preface: The Importance of Community / Hon. Clifford Lincoln,MP

Introduction / Ann Dale


1. Sustainable Development Begins at Home: Community Solutions toGlobal Problems / Marcia Nozick


2. Social Evolution and Urban Systems: Directions for Sustainability/ Robert Woollard and William Rees


3. Systemic Crisis in Rural Newfoundland: Can the Outports Survive?/ Rosemary E. Ommer and Peter R. Sinclair

4. Community Change in Context / Christopher R. Bryant

5. Northern Communities and Sustainable Development in Canada'sNorth / Timothy McTiernan

6. Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Agriculture on thePrairies / Michael E. Gertler

7. The Canadian Pacific Salmon Fishery: Issues in Resource andCommunity Sustainability / Richard Schwindt

8. Incorporating Postproductivist Values into Sustainable CommunityProcesses / Alison Gill and Maureen Reed

9. Natural Capital and Social Capital: Implications for SustainableCommunity Development / Mark Roseland

10. The Civic State, Civil Society, and the Promotion of SustainableDevelopment / Bryan H. Massam and Jill Dickinson

Assessing Progress

11. Concepts, Cosmologies, and Commitment: Using BiodiversityIndicators in Critical Zones Models / Thomas C. Meredith


12. Making Communities the Strong Link in Sustainable Development /John T. Pierce



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