Sustainable development in the Asian Century: an inquiry of its understanding in Phuket, Thailand

Boonchai, Chantinee and Beeton, Robert J. S. (2016) Sustainable development in the Asian Century: an inquiry of its understanding in Phuket, Thailand. Sustainable Development, 24 2: 109-123. doi:10.1002/sd.1612


Author Boonchai, Chantinee
Beeton, Robert J. S.
Title Sustainable development in the Asian Century: an inquiry of its understanding in Phuket, Thailand
Journal name Sustainable Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1719
0968-0802
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/sd.1612
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 109
End page 123
Total pages 15
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Sustainable development in the context of international policy is influenced by western values, with few critical evaluations of its application in Asian contexts. This paper presents the interpretation of sustainable development by businesses, civil society, government at various levels and a selection of graduate students in Phuket, Thailand. In all, 78 hours of observations in public meetings, 70 hours of interviews and 10 hours of sectorally arranged workshops were conducted over a period of two years. Data were transcribed and analysed using established qualitative methods. The paper reports how Thai value systems relate to sustainable development concepts and proposes that a culturally appropriate model is needed for understanding the path to a sustainable future in Phuket. Understanding cultural and social values is the key to sustainability. This will require appropriate network-building that creates change towards a culturally sustainable society. We propose that similar cultural adjustment will be necessary for sustainable development to become effective as an organizing concept in Asia.
Keyword Sustainability
Development
Culture
Social capital
Social change
Values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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