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concept of sustainability provides in this case a general framework for the definition

of socio-ecological problems and a line questions. This model can prove effective

for

their

transformation

for

many

issues; indeed,

into scientific it does offer a

greater scope their complex

for dealing with sustainability issues since it makes partial allowance for

and

multi-dimensional

character.

And

yet

this

model

does

not

produce

enough in disciplines,

the

way

of impulses

and

stimuli

and

for a

review of the

range

of their

for self-reflexive changes to the theories and methods with regard to

the problems raised by sustainability.

Finally, “self-reflexive transdisciplinarity”

offers a third model of cross-disciplinary

cooperation. It

begins with

extend beyond

the traditional

explicitly recognizing that the subject matter of the respective

issues of disciplines

sustainability and, as such,

constitue a “transdisciplinary

field’

the

conceptual

and

methodological

(. .). As a consequence limitations, which are

of this acknowledgement, tied to each disciplinary

perspective, are critically examined in the establishment of environmental oriented

light of these issues. Thus, in contrast to the sub-disciplines at the margins of existing

disciplines,

self-reflexive

transdisciplinarity

methodological

reorientations

with

respect

promotes theoretical, conceptual and to core concepts of the various social

sciences

disciplines

(.

).

However it is important to within this transdisciplinary various disciplines, but also

emphasize that the processing of sustainability issues field requires not only self-reflexive shifts within the the improvement of cross-disciplinary cooperation by an

integrative

conceptual

framework

and

organizational

structures

for

cooperation.

The

role of

such a

model

for the

theoretical frameworkconsists cooperation. This role should

mainly not be

of offering a flexible, underestimated since

analytic there is

evidence that even multi- or interdisciplinary absence of an integrating conceptual framework theoretical framework is not intended as a rigid rather as a flexible, problem-oriented framework

cooperation is likely to fail in the (. .). Nevertheless, the reference to a and highly general meta-theory, but concept, that itself has to be open to

self-reflection to the highest degree.

It should be emphasized that in this context “theoretical framework’

does not mean

“unifying”

framework.

plurality of

theoretical

Thus, the conflict and methodological

between a

unifying

framework

and

the

approaches

need not

necessarily

arise.

On

the contrary, methodological

a theoretical framework pluralism, by structuring

can even promote and strengthen a wide range of new questions and

suggesting and stimulating new methodological and theoretical access (. ).

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