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

Shirani, F. and Butler, C. and Henwood, K. and Parkhill, K. and Pidgeon, N. (2014) ‘I’m not a tree hugger, I’m just like you’: changing perceptions of sustainable lifestyles. Environmental Politics, 24 (1). pp. 57-74. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2014.959247

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Abstract

For many in the Western world, there is increasing recognition of the fundamentally unsustainable nature of 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 towards sustainable ways of living are becoming increasingly normalised as more people make moves towards 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 the implications of this in a context of fundamental trends towards unsustainable social systems.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 03:14
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:54
ISSN: 0964-4016
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3526
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2014.959247
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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