1st Edition

Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research and Practice

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ISBN 9780367671730
December 17, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

With growing awareness of environmental deterioration, atmospheric pollution and resource depletion, the last several decades have brought increased attention and scrutiny to global consumption levels. However, there are significant and well documented limitations associated with current efforts to encourage more sustainable consumption patterns, ranging from informational and time constraints to the highly individualizing effect of market-based participation.

This volume, featuring essays solicited from experts engaged in sustainable consumption research from around the world, presents empirical and theoretical illustrations of the various means through which politics and power influence (un)sustainable consumption practices, policies and perspectives. With chapters on compelling topics including collective action, behaviour-change and the transition movement, the authors discuss why current efforts have largely failed to meet environmental targets and explore promising directions for research, policy and practice.

Featuring contributions that will help the reader open up politics and power in ways that are accessible and productive and bridge the gaps with current approaches to sustainable consumption, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable consumption and the politics of sustainability.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Author Biographies


Power, Politics and Unsustainable Consumption

Lucie Middlemiss, Cindy Isenhour, Mari Martiskainen

Section I: On Political Economy and Sustainable Consumption

  1. A Consuming Globalism: On Power and the Post-Paris Agreement Politics of Climate and Consumption

  2. Cindy Isenhour

  3. Practice Does Not Make Perfect: Sustainable Consumption, Practice Theory and the Question of Power

  4. Dennis Soron

  5. Sources of Power for Sustainable Consumption: Where to Look

  6. Doris Fuchs, Sylvia Lorek, Antonietta Di Giulio, Rico Defila


    Section II: On Governmentality and the Notion of the Subject in Sustainable Consumption

  7. Pro-environmental Behaviour Change and Governmentality: Counter-Conduct and the Making up of Environmental Individuals

  8. Tom Hargreaves

  9. Freedom, Autonomy and Sustainable Behaviours: The Politics of Designing Consumer Choice

  10. Tobias Gumbert

  11. The ‘Double Dividend’ Discourse in Sustainable Consumption: A Critical Commentary

  12. Lucie Middlemiss, David Wingate and Anna Wesselink

    Section III: On the Politics of Identity and Difference in Sustainable Consumption

  13. Housing as a Function of Consumption and Production in the United Kingdom

  14. Mari Martiskainen

  15. Power and Politics in the (Work-Life) Balance: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of the Risks and Rewards of Downshifting

  16. Jacob Hammond & Emily Huddart Kennedy


  17. Who Participates in Community-Based Sustainable Consumption Projects and Why Does It Matter? A Constructively Critical Approach

Manisha Anantharaman, Emily Huddart Kennedy, Lucie Middlemiss and Sarah Bradbury


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Cindy Isenhour is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, USA.

Mari Martiskainen is a Research Fellow at Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK

Lucie Middlemiss is Associate Professor in Sustainability, and Co-director of the Sustainability Research Institute, in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, UK.