Warde, A. & Southerton, D. (eds.) (2012) The Habits of Consumption, Helsinki: Open Access Book Series of the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies.
Warde, A. & Southerton, D. (eds.) (2012), ‘The Habits of Consumption’, COLLeGIUM of Studies Across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 12.
Published in Open Access e-book format at: http://www.helsinki.fi/collegium/e-series/volumes/volume_12/index.htm
Debates around mitigating climate change increasingly focus on consumption. Recent popular and scientific attention has focused most sharply on ‘behaviour change’ – the basic presumption being that only if consumers (people), en-masse, change how they live their lives can a more environmentally sustainable future be achieved. Despite this being a generically sensible premise, how behaviour is conceptualised and how it comes to change is subject to much theoretical dispute and conceptual confusion. Such tensions are laid-bare when it comes to the notion of habits. The peer-reviewed essays in this volume interrogate, from different disciplinary positions, theoretical approaches to understanding behaviour change. A shared focus is the notion of habit, a mode of action not much considered by orthodox models of consumption behaviour but critical to sustainability. Each contribution considers the notion of habit (and sometimes routine) from particular disciplinary or theoretical perspectives. While clear consensus exists across disciplines that understanding habit is critical for addressing human behaviour, no consensus about how to analyse habit was available. It was as if every discipline has a place for it in its own jigsaw of concepts, but that the pieces were of different shapes and therefore not mutually transferable; the Pragmatist’s concept of habit could not be inserted into the vacant space in the economist’s picture, nor the psychologist’s into that of Sociology. It remains to be seen whether inter-disciplinary dialogue can deliver a remedy.
Introduction: Social sciences and sustainable consumption
Alan Warde & Dale Southerton
From Habits to Social Institutions: A Pragmatist Perspective
Human Beings as Creatures of Habit
Embodied Culture as Procedure: Rethinking the Link Between Personal and Objective Culture
Towards a Better Accounting of the Roles of Body, Things and Habits in Consumption
Habits and Their Creatures
Sustainable Consumption, Behaviour Change Policies and Theories of Practice
David Evans, Andrew McMeekin & Dale Southerton
The Importance of Timing for Breaking Commuters’ Car Driving Habits
Habits of Sustainable Citizenship: The Example of Political Consumerism
Michele Micheletti, Dietlind Stolle & Daniel Berlin
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