Going beyond the hegemonic sustainability imaginary

Cristiano Smaniotto*, Martin Hannibal

*Corresponding author for this work

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While there is a broadening consensus that we must transition towards more “sustainable” ways of doing business, the inexorable advance of climate change suggests that we are failing at doing so. We suggest that this failure can be traced to the ideological hegemony propagated by the dominant intellectual class (Gramsci, 1974). This hegemony is maintained through publications in leading business journals which act as central gatekeepers in the circulation of popular sustainability ideas. Based on an interdisciplinary review of sustainability studies published in these journals, the present paper exposes the ideological assumptions underlying the ‘right-orientation environmentalism’ (Foster, 2014) characterizing the hegemonic sustainability imaginary and offers some directions to go beyond its constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference 2023 - University of Sussex, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Duration: 1. Sept 20236. Sept 2023


ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference 2023
LocationUniversity of Sussex
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton and Hove

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