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Confronting Consumption

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Publisher Comments:

Comforting terms such as "sustainable development" and "green production" frame environmental debate by stressing technology (not green enough), economic growth (not enough in the right places), and population (too large). Concern about consumption emerges, if at all, in benign ways ;as calls for green purchasing or more recycling, or for small changes in production processes. Many academics, policymakers, and journalists, in fact, accept the economists' view of consumption as nothing less than the purpose of the economy. Yet many people have a troubled, intuitive understanding that tinkering at the margins of production and purchasing will not put society on an ecologically and socially sustainable path.Confronting Consumption places consumption at the center of debate by conceptualizing "the consumption problem" and documenting diverse efforts to confront it. In Part 1, the book frames consumption as a problem of political and ecological economy, emphasizing core concepts of individualization and commoditization. Part 2 develops the idea of distancing and examines transnational chains of consumption in the context of economic globalization. Part 3 describes citizen action through local currencies, home power, voluntary simplicity, "ad-busting," and product certification. Together, the chapters propose "cautious consuming" and "better producing" as an activist and policy response to environmental problems. The book concludes that confronting consumption must become a driving focus of contemporary environmental scholarship and activism.

Synopsis:

Essays that offer ecological, social, and political perspectives on the problem of overconsumption.

About the Author

Thomas Princen explores ecological and economic sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Treading Softly: Paths to Ecological Order and The Logic of Sufficiency (both published by the MIT Press). Michael Maniates is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Science at Allegheny College. He is the coeditor, with Thomas Princen and Ken Conca, of Confronting Consumption (MIT Press, 2002).Ken Conca is Associate Professor of Government and Politics and Director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda at the University of Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262661287
Editor:
Princen, Thomas
Editor:
Maniates, Michael
Editor:
Princen, Thomas
Editor:
Maniates, Michael
Editor:
Conca, Ken
Author:
Conca, Ken
Author:
Princen, Thomas
Author:
Maniates, Michael
Author:
Maniates, Michael F.
Editor:
Conca, Ken
Publisher:
Mit Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Consumption
Subject:
Economics - Macroeconomics
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Confronting Consumption
Series Volume:
v. 12]
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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