This chapter introduces what the social sciences can offer to sanitation and the challenges that lay ahead of providing sustainable access to sanitation to billions of people in both the Western as well as the developing world. It outlines three social scientific perspectives to the sanitation challenge: that of socio-technical change, multi-level governance and consumer studies. The sanitation challenge is three fold: in the Western world the challenge is to initiate a transition from strongly centralized infrastructures towards flexible and sustainable forms, in the developing world to provide access to sanitation for the poor, while the challenge in both worlds is to move beyond traditional dichotomies between small and large, appropriate and modern technologies. Lastly the organization of this volume is explained.
|Title of host publication||Social Perspective on the Sanitation Challenge|
|Editors||B.J.M. van Vliet, G. Spaargaren, P.J.M. Oosterveer|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Number of pages||242|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|