Internalizing animals and ecosystems in social citizenship and social policy: From political community to political country

Johan Nordensvard*, Jason Alexandra, Markus Ketola

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The aim of this editorial is to explore, conceptualize, and research the need to internalize both animals and ecosystems in our understanding of social citizenship and social policy. This editorial should be seen as a brief overview of the themes that should be covered in the contributions to the Special Issue, “Internalizing Animals and Ecosystems in Social Citizenship and Social Policy: From Political Community to Political Country”. This Special Issue argues the importance of integrating animals and ecosystems as a way to re-politicize humans’ social relation with both animals and our ecosystem as in sustainable development and social policy. If environmental policy becomes social policy, we would re-construct social citizenship to include consideration for animals and ecosystems as integral part of social policy. This expansion in scope is a progression from seeing humans as part of a political community to becoming more involved in their political country. This aligns with the concept of Country—an all-encompassing term in Australia, involving a people’s territory, land, water, biological resources, the complex obligations and relationships involved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • social policy
  • social citizenship
  • animal welfare
  • conservation
  • wellbeing
  • sustainability
  • preservation
  • ecosystem services
  • environmental ethics
  • political theory

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