Basins of Attraction for Generative Justice

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Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Abstract

It has long been known that dynamic systems typically tend towards some state – an “attractor” – into which they finally settle. The introduction of chaos theory has modified our understanding of these attractors: we no longer think of the final “resting state” as necessarily being at rest. In this essay we consider the attractors of social ecologies: the networks of people, technologies and natural resources that makeup our built environments. Following the work of “communitarians” we posit that basins of attraction could be created for social ecologies that foster both environmental sustainability and social justice. We refer to this confluence as “generative justice”; a phrase which references both the “bottom-up”, self-generating source of its adaptive meta stability, as well as its grounding in the ethics of egalitarian political theory.

Keywords

Chaos theory Attractor Generative justice Industrial ecology Open source 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology StudiesRensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)TroyUSA

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