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I’m not a tree hugger, I’m just like you’: changing perceptions of sustainable lifestyles

Shirani, Fiona, Butler, Catherine, Henwood, Karen ORCID:, Parkhill, Karen and Pidgeon, Nicholas Frank ORCID: 2015. I’m not a tree hugger, I’m just like you’: changing perceptions of sustainable lifestyles. Environmental Politics 24 (1) , pp. 57-74. 10.1080/09644016.2014.959247

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For many in the Western world there is increasing recognition of the fundamentally unsustainable nature of the everyday actions and modes of consumption that form part of normal life. Some individuals attempt to challenge current ways of consuming and living in order to address these underlying issues. However, these efforts often continue to be positioned as unusual or unconventional, meaning that adopting sustainable lifestyles may be subject to wider negative perceptions. At the same time, some forms of action toward sustainable ways of living are becoming increasingly normalised as more people make moves toward sustainable consumption. Drawing on data from the qualitative longitudinal Energy Biographies project, we consider the experiences of those who describe their efforts to live sustainably, the relationship between sustainability and normality, and what the implications of this might be in a context of fundamental trends toward unsustainable social systems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 0964-4016
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:19

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