by Marcus Bussey
This paper seeks to explore the concept “sustainable culture” by exploring the metaphorical possibilities inherent to the toilet. It offers an analysis of the toilet as both a technology and a symbol of (Western/pure) culture via an application of CLA to the problem with (and promise of) shit.
Following this the paper offers a set of possible futures scenarios (flushed away; compost; squat;cyber-toilet) for both developing and developed countries and their responses to climate change andmore broadly sustainable futures. The paper concludes by exploring the possibilities of a practical spirituality for recoding cultural practices and individual pathways towards what we rather hopefully call sustainable culture.