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The sense of an ending in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods

as, says Kermode, our endings give meaning to our beginnings and middles) is also a desire for reproductive continuity. To read Edelman alongside Kermode is to recognise that what we ask of our stories and of our lives are endings (for which, read versions of the future) that look like us. This strategy of plot resolution as posterity begins to sound suspiciously like the ‘sustainable development’ version of sustainability, the idea that we can – indeed, must – keep things going as they have been going. Contrasted with this, as I have already suggested, is

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Cardboard publishers in Latin America

competitive advantages and increase sales and profits’ (Dauvergne and Lister 2013: 1). The point of the documentary (and the Catador collection in which it is referenced) is to take ownership of sustainable processes, to take the discourses from the clutches of big business and recast them from the perspective of a small cooperative. Catador therefore sheds light on the different components at work in so-called ‘sustainable processes’, from the biological experience of hunger to commercial strategies of marketing. It simultaneously presents and produces some of the agencies

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Sustainability, subject and necessity in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

12 Circles unrounded: sustainability, subject and necessity in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi Louise Squire Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi (2002 [2001]) depicts the story of Pi, a boy who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat in the vast Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger. Having grown up in the setting of his family’s zoo in Pondicherry, Pi is faced with the loss of his family, who – on their way to a new start in Canada – go down with the ship, along with the remaining zoo animals. The central storyline, located in part 2 of the novel, is that of

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2543Chap3 16/7/03 9:58 am Page 43 3 The climate strategies of the oil industry Oil companies want to sell as much oil and gas as possible at the highest possible price. Still, a quick glance at the web pages of Shell, ExxonMobil and Statoil (as well as other US and Europeanbased oil companies) reveals significant differences in their perceptions of climate change. What are the strategies adopted by ExxonMobil, the Shell Group and Statoil on the climate issue? Do they merely use different rhetoric to please their clients, consumers and employees, or is the

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enterprises’? Page 51 51 right to organise for the resource appropriators and dependants, and sustainability, i.e., the need for effective co-ordination of overall and long-term resource planning and use through interlinked local, regional and national jurisdictions. Existing scales and units of government may prove a strong fence against transferring autonomy to new scales and units of governance. The empirical evidence provided here corroborates this proposition. Although there are many examples of new strategies to solve the problem of fit between natural and societal

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Obama, Trump and the Asia Pacific political economy

Introduction Hegemony and balancing are alternative foreign policy strategies available to powerful states in the international system. A state pursuing a hegemonic strategy seeks to create and preserve an order, regionally or globally, that reflects and reinforces its values and interests. 1 It strives to provide sufficient benefits so that other states prove willing to support that hegemonic order and the special role of the hegemonic state within it. 2 Alternatively, a state that adopts a balancing strategy acknowledges the existence of “peer competitors

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25 Participatory sustainable waste ­management project in Brazil Crystal Tremblay and Sarah Amyot Context People who live off materials recovered from the waste stream exist in every corner of the world. However, these recyclers are among the most exploited and socially and economically excluded people. Recyclers face enormous stigmatization, discrimination and marginalization. This project was established to focus on participatory waste management as an opportunity to generate income and to improve the quality of life of informal recyclers (called catadores in

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sustainability 141 convinced that sustainability would be a good thing. It is variously defined as an embrace of alternative energy sources, as the practice of so-called permaculture, as a philosophy of low-impact living, and – for some of its adherents, including most governments – as a new strategy for continued development along the familiar lines established by capitalism and in the wake of peak oil. Precisely because it means so much, no one has been able to disambiguate the term, to identify the necessary components of sustainability and explain how it might be

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, poor road infrastructure and difficulties in accessing credit. As a result, intermediaries, rather than small producers themselves, were the principal beneficiaries of international support. Therefore, the question arose as to how to ensure that international cooperation/support was helpful in generating higher and more sustainable incomes for families from the most disadvantaged social groups. From the research standpoint, the project was conceived as a base community forest management assessment in the Chiquitania which would inform the next design phase. With this

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individuals some influence as subjects in the structures and processes of ecological governance. The diffusion of responsibility is part of a conscious effort to establish consensus and co-operation around specific views and strategies for sustainable development: The new NEO structure provides for comprehensive and effective environmental management with participation from all strata in society. A common framework of objectives gives the direction for how to achieve an ecologically sustainable society through management by objectives and results. (Cabinet Bill 2000

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