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The paradoxes of sustainability and Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island
Hannes Bergthaller

a less natural lifestyle 199 over-consumption might require that individual rights and democratic freedoms be substantially curtailed (Blühdorn 2011); famously, the Ehrlichs declared their support for China’s coercive one-child policy (1990: 205). Only an authoritarian state, it seemed, would be able to impose the necessary sacrifices on its citizens. Like the discourse of sustainability, neo-Malthusianism is not merely a set of descriptive statements or policy recommendations. It also touches on our conceptions of the human and its relationship to the larger

in Literature and sustainability
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Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s
Ingrid Ryberg

advocated from the points of view of both authoritative regulation on the basis of what was beneficial for society and individual rights on the basis of helping people. When the RFSL was founded in 1950, the organisation proposed a slightly different view to the dominant medical classification of homosexuality as an illness. According to Andréaz Wasniowski (2007: 223), the RFSL advocated an understanding of homosexuality as not essentially different from heterosexuality, but as a matter of degree on a continuous scale. The organisation’s goals included ‘humanitarian

in The power of vulnerability