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Structuration and Sustainability: Lessons from The Walking Dead

A presentation for the 2012 Arkansas Philological Society conference

Ann-Gee Lee

on 8 October 2014

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Transcript of Structuration and Sustainability: Lessons from The Walking Dead

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Dr. Bradley Wiggins & Dr. Ann-Gee Lee, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Structuration and Sustainability:
Lessons from The Walking Dead

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending,
we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

William Wordsworth
Power and Authority


Urban vs. Rural Differences
Hunter-Gatherer Mentality
Conservation of Resources
"Job" Skills
Individualism vs. Collectivism

3. Critical components of sustainability (via The Walking Dead)
Moderation in consumption
Active acquisition
Willful and creative reappropriation of objects (for unintended uses)
Zombie Movies
Anthony Giddens
Zombie Movies
The End
Daryl as Member and Outlier (Michonne?)
Lori and the Dangers of Acting Alone
Collective as Critical for Survival

1. Leadership or authority is important insofar as it serves the needs of the group.

2. Sustainability is possible if individuals work as a collective unit.

4.Meta-structures are not essential in order to have or bring about sustainability.

5.The extrinsic motivation to enact the sustainability social system and structure (sustainability structuration) is inherently connected to the ominous presence of zombies.

Thus, without extrinsic motivation true sustainability may not be possible.
British sociologist, not a zombie
Three Dimensions of Structuration: Legitimation & Domination
Three Dimensions of Structuration: Signification
We appreciate your participation and welcome feedback. ann-gee.lee@uafs.edu bradley.wiggins@uafs.edu
Changed Meanings of Objects

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