Urban Communities for Transition toward Sustainable Behavior in the Context of Authoritarianism

Neulinger, Ágnes ORCID:, Kiss, Gabriella ORCID: and Veress, Tamás ORCID: (2023) Urban Communities for Transition toward Sustainable Behavior in the Context of Authoritarianism. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 36 (5). pp. 479-496. DOI

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Communities can play an important role in the transition toward sustainable living; however, a meso perspective bridging individual behavior and social context has rarely been applied. To address this issue, our study introduces the broad landscape of nonprofit community-based organizations as meso-level entities whose activities relate in one way or another to sustainability. Through an exploratory study relying on in-depth interviews, we examine the meaning of community and the role of sustainability in the operation of these communities. The emergence of a new authoritarianism in Hungary gives a special context for the study and enables identification of the characteristics of urban communities from “illiberal democracy.” The findings indicate the presence of five different types of community-based organizations with sustainability-related activities. We argue for the analytical usefulness of a meso-level perspective and for the importance of researching how community-based organizations help individuals in transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:community, community based organization, interviews, nonprofit, sustainability, sustainable lifestyle
Divisions:Corvinus Doctoral Schools
Institute of Operations and Decision Sciences
Subjects:Decision making
Economic development
ID Code:8409
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:20 Jul 2023 08:40
Last Modified:20 Jul 2023 10:13

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