Challenging Consumption

Pathways to a more Sustainable Future

Edited by Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, Henrike Rau

© 2014 – Routledge

212 pages

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Hardback: 9780415820745
pub: 2014-05-28
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About the Book

Sustainable consumption is a central research topic in academic discourses of sustainable development and global environmental change. Informed by a number of disciplinary perspectives, this book is structured around four key themes in sustainable consumption research: Living, Moving, Dwelling and Futures. The collection successfully balances theoretical insights with grounded case studies, on mobility, heating, washing and eating practices, and concludes by exploring future sustainable consumption research pathways and policy recommendations. Theoretical frameworks are advanced throughout the volume, especially in relation to social practice theory, theories of behavioural change and innovative visioning and backcasting methodologies.

This groundbreaking book draws on some conceptual approaches which move beyond the responsibility of the individual consumer to take into account wider social, economic and political structures and processes in order to highlight both possibilities for and challenges to sustainable consumption. This approach enables students and policy-makers alike to easily recognise the applicability of social science theories.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy and Henrike Rau Part 1: Living 2. Situating Sustainable Consumption in a Policy Context Frances Fahy, Ruth Doyle, Henrike Rau, Anna R. Davies and Jessica Pape 3. Unpacking the challenges of researching sustainable consumption and lifestyles Mary Jo Lavelle and Frances Fahy Part 2: Moving - Part Introduction Henrike Rau 4. Changing Everday Commuting Practices Barbara Heisserer 5. Consuming Distance or (all) Consuming Work? The case of Telework Mike Hynes Part Summary Henrike Rau Part 3: Dwelling - Part Introduction Anna R. Davies 6. Heating Ruth Doyle 7. Sustainable Washing: Adaptive practices and connecting with nature Ruth Doyle 8. Eating Anna R. Davies, Laura Devaney and Jessica Pape Part Summary Anna R. Davies Part 4: Futures 9. Conclusion: Moving on: Promising pathways to more sustainable futures Henrike Rau, Anna R. Davies and Frances

About the Editors

Anna R. Davies is a Professor of Geography in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Frances Fahy is a lecturer in Environmental Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Henrike Rau is a lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sustainability

Sustainability has become one of the most pressing social, environmental, economic, cultural and political issues of our times. Yet the meaning of ‘sustainability’ remains elusive.

This series provides original insights from across the social sciences and humanities on the meaning and practice of sustainability. It offers both theoretical and practical analysis of ‘sustainability’, including social sustainability, sustainable consumption, democratic sustainability and sustainable behaviour.

These interdisciplinary books give students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners the latest thinking from international authors. This thought-provoking series draws on and is relevant to those working in a wide-range of disciplines, including environment, development, sociology, politics, philosophy, business and marketing, media, geography, and anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS016000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Consumer Behavior
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUS099000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NAT011000
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
TRA000000
TRANSPORTATION / General