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dc.contributor.authorKaminsky, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorJavernick-Will, Amy
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T22:16:56Z
dc.date.available2015-09-18T22:16:56Z
dc.date.issued2015-09
dc.identifier.citationhttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es501608pen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/33396
dc.description.abstractWhile the construction of sanitation infrastructure is one of humankind’s greatest public health and environmental engineering achievements, its benefits are not yet enjoyed by all. In addition to the billions of people not yet reached by sanitation infrastructure, at least half of systems constructed in developing contexts are abandoned in the years following initial construction. In this research, we target the problem of post-construction onsite sanitation infrastructure abandonment in rural Guatemala using legitimacy and status theory. Legitimacy and status are established theoretical concepts from organizational theory that reflect cultural alignment and normative support. Crisp set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (csQCA), which uses Boolean algebra to discover combinations of theoretical conditions that produce an outcome of interest, allowed us to describe the various pathways that have caused socially sustainable uptake. We find that three combinations of legitimacy and status theory explain 85% of household cases at a consistency of 0.97. The most practically useful pathway covers 50% of household cases and shows that the combination of consequential legitimacy (a moral understanding of outcomes) and comprehensibility legitimacy (a cognitive model connecting outcomes to processes) is a powerful way to achieve socially sustainable sanitation infrastructure.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipU.S. Environmental Protection Agencyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherEnvironmental Science & Technologyen_US
dc.subjectSocial sustainability, sanitation, set theory, legitimacy, status, organizationsen_US
dc.titleThe Internal Social Sustainability of Sanitation Infrastructureen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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