Material Geographies of Household Sustainability

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Routledge, May 13, 2016 - Nature - 254 pages
Charting new research directions, this book constructs a series of imperatives for linking culturally informed research around household sustainability with policy and planning. The household, or 'home', is a critical scale for understanding activities that connect individual behaviours and societal attitudes. The focus on the household in this collection provides a window into the sheer diversity of homemaking and maintenance activities that entail resource use. These practices have affective or emotive dimensions as well as habitual aspects. Diversity, innovation and change at the household scale is often missed in policy approaches which assume that simplistic economic motivations drive demand and this can in turn be 'managed' through regulation or market pricing. The research challenge extends beyond describing existing unsustainable economies driving resource intensive behaviour to consider realistic options for transformations in cultural practices, material relationships and, ultimately, the political economies they sit within. Without change in these systems, government initiatives to promote ecological modernisation run the risk of simply green-washing the very economies of consumption that currently drive unsustainable practices. Social and cultural change at the household level is critical to promoting sustainability at a range of wider scales.

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List of Figures and Tables
Is It Easy Being Green? On the Dilemmas of Material Cultures
Sustainability Consumption and the Household in Developing World
Interrogating the Household as a Field of Sustainability
Thinking Household
The Reuse of Goods and Materials in Australian
Watch Where That Went We May Need It Later
Mapping Geographies of Reuse in Sheffield and Melbourne
Replicating Ethical Innovation in Physical
Rethinking Responsibility? Household Sustainability in
Environmental Politics Green Governmentality and the Possibility
Governance and Citizenship at Home
Tackling the Missing Scale in Environmental Policy

Reconfiguring Drinking in Bangkok

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Dr Ruth Lane, Senior Lecturer, Human Dimensions of Envt and Sustainability, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Australia

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