We stand at an important crossroads for modern societies. The Covid 19 crisis and the global financial crisis that went before it have both revealed startling weakness-es in how our societies are organised and fatal vulnerabilities for many people in our societies. Inequalities of wealth, wellbeing and of resilience have been exacer-bated and are feeding a dynamic of damage: We are witnessing ever more grave damage to the planet; increasingly broken societies: and harmful damage to people and their futures. In many places human development is in reverse. The crossroads we are at presents us with choices not only in respect of our systems of governance but also of our governmentality. In a recent book, Jonathan Joseph and I have pointed out how the three concepts of ‘wellbeing’, ‘resilience’ and ‘sustainability’ have come into frequency in contemporary political narratives (Joseph and McGreg-or 2019). We demonstrate how these three concepts are inextricably interlinked. From our current crossroads, one path in which this new trinity of governance can be developed places further emphasis of individualism and a greater reliance on the idea of ‘the market’ (and on a market mentality); the other leads towards a more so-cial conception of governance and to renewed thinking about how we are to live well together in the world. This argues that environmental sustainability can only be genuinely pursued if its dependence on social and political sustainability is fully recognised. All three are founded in a recognition of the social nature of human wellbeing.
|Vortragende||Allister McGREGOR, University of Bath|
|Kontakt||Soziologie, Sozialpolitik, Sozialarbeit