Sustainable consumption as a systemic challenge: inter- and transdisciplinary research and research questions – SEED

Sustainable consumption as a systemic challenge: inter- and transdisciplinary research and research questions

Sylvia Lorek and Philip J. Vergragt


Why we need systemic change in consumption, lifestyle, economics, and politics for sustatainability

“The aims of this chapter are to document the unsustainability of present prevalent consumption patterns in the overdeveloped world, and to explore in more detail how a transition towards a more sustainable consumption system could be achieved, based on research outcomes. In section 1.2 we present empirical data that illustrate unsustainable consumption and also the problems of ‘green consumerism’. In section 1.3 we illustrate what we mean by ‘systemic change’; we present consumption as part of a complex system; and argue that systemic change encompasses simultaneous changes in culture, production processes, consumption patterns, lifestyles, economics and politics. In section 1.4 we conclude by elaborating which actions could contribute to such systemic change, and what the role of research could be to support such actions.”

(annotation from excerpt on pg. 21)

CATEGORIES

democracy

economy

environment

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ORGANIZATION

Edward Elgar Publishing (contact: elgarinfo@e-elgar.com)

LINK

http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781783471263.00008.xml