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Environmental responsibility and the possibilities of pragmatist-orientated research

Hobson, Kersty ORCID: 2006. Environmental responsibility and the possibilities of pragmatist-orientated research. Social & Cultural Geography 7 (2) , pp. 283-298. 10.1080/14649360600600734

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Human geographers have explored at some length the discourses and subject positions implicated in the recent rise of ‘environmental responsibility’. Assigning it either as an individual disposition enacted in various spaces, a performative ‘othering’ tool, and/or a form of ecological governmentality, these debates have said little about the role of research and researchers in encouraging environmental responsibility. Utilising arguments from William James’ ‘radical empiricism’, I argue that exploring practices through a pragmatist lens enables a tentative re-envisioning of environmental responsibility. Re-visiting my doctoral research into the household-level adoption of sustainable consumption practices, I claim environmental responsibility as an ethical experience felt at the moments when practices are reconsidered. Here, my presence played a vital role in this social experimentation, which, as pragmatists argue, is the fundamental basis of positive social change.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1464-9365
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 September 2016
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 11:20

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