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Invested in unsustainability? On the psychosocial patterning of engagement in practices

Groves, Christopher ORCID:, Henwood, Karen ORCID:, Shirani, Fiona, Butler, Catherine, Parkhill, Karen and Pidgeon, Nick ORCID: 2016. Invested in unsustainability? On the psychosocial patterning of engagement in practices. Environmental Values 25 (3) , pp. 309-328. 10.3197/096327116X14598445991466

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Understanding how and why practices may be transformed is vital for any transition towards socio-environmental sustainability. However, theorising and explaining the role of individual agency in practice change continues to present challenges. In this paper we propose that theories of practice can be usefully combined with a psychosocial framework to explain how agency is biographically patterned and how this ‘patterning’ is a product of attachment relationships and strategies for dealing with uncertainty. Biographical interview data from the project Energy Biographies is used to illustrate the ways in which this theoretical approach can enhance understanding of how potential for practice change may be opened up or obstructed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 03/02/2016)
Publisher: White Horse Press
ISSN: 0963-2719
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 January 2015
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2023 14:43

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