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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: September 2019

5 - Localising Transformations

from Part II - Varieties of Transformations to Sustainability


Chapter 5 – Localizing transformations – discusses sense-making regarding societal transformations in selected local arenas: Praia in Cabo Verde, Guangzhou in China, the city of Nadi and a village in the Yasawa Islands in Fiji, Boulder in the USA, and Östergötland region in Sweden. Chapter 5 presents the case study contexts, including their social, cultural, economic, and geopolitical circumstances of societal transformation and how transformation has been addressed in policy documents. The chapter also present the stories of transformation emerging from 20 focus groups with citizens of these five countries treating, for example, the goals of transformation, engines of social change, the role of top–down versus bottom–up initiatives, and the role of values.

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