1st Edition

Sustainable Consumption, Ecology and Fair Trade

Edited By Edwin Zaccaï Copyright 2007
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This timely volume discusses the debates concerning sustainable consumption and the environment.

    Sustainable consumption stands as a wide objective that attracts a growing attention within sustainable development policy circles and academic research. The contributors examine a range of interesting and relevant case studies including: household energy consumption, sustainable welfare, Fair Trade, Oxfam Worldshops, cotton farming and consumer organizations.

    Sustainable Consumption takes an interdisciplinary approach and is well-balanced, presenting theoretical debates as well as empirical evidence in order to:

    • characterize the basic problems and determiners of an evolution towards, and the obstacles to, more sustainable consumption patterns
    • produce knowledge on the profile of consumers sensitive, and not sensitive, to these issues
    • explore realistic modes of interaction and innovation for changes in which consumers are involved.

    This text will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, environment studies and sociology.

    1. Introduction: contradictions and studies
    Edwin Zaccaï
    PART 1: Consumption: What kind of problem for sustainable development?
    2. What’s wrong with consumption for sustainable development: overconsumption, underconsumption, misconsumption?
    Paul-Marie Boulanger
    3. Sustainable household consumption: fact, future or fantasy?
    Anton J. M. Schoot Uiterkamp
    4. Sustainable consumption and sustainable welfare
    John Lintott
    5. How to attribute power to consumers? When epistemology and politics converge
    Grégoire Wallenborn
    PART 2: Who is sensible to sustainable consumption, and why?
    6. Testing proposition towards sustainable consumption among consumers
    Catherine Rousseau & Christian Bontinckx
    7. Greening some consumption behaviours: do new routines require agency and reflexivity?
    Françoise Bartiaux
    8. Marketing ethical products: what can we learn from fair-trade consumer behaviour in Belgium?
    Patrick De Pelsmacker, Wim Janssens, Caroline Mielants, Ellen Sterckx
    9. Consumption as a solidarity-based commitment: the case of Oxfam Worldshops’ customers
    Gautier Pirotte
    10. What justifications for a sustainable consumption?
    Coline Ruwet
    PART 3: Dynamics of sustainable consumption
    11. Consumption: a field for resistance and moral containment
    Michelle Dobré
    12. Sustainable consumption in a “de-growth” perspective
    Serge Latouche
    13. Social change for changing the consumer’s behaviour. Application of the actionalist theory to the issue of consumption
    Nadine Fraselle & Isabelle Scherer-Haynes
    14. Is large-scale Fair Trade possible?
    Ronan Le Velly
    15. Impact of Fair Trade in South: an example from the Indian cotton sector
    Isabelle Scherer-Haynes
    16. Conclusions: the future of sustainable consumption
    Paul-Marie Boulanger et Edwin Zaccaï


    Edwin Zaccaï