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Sustainable Consumption Institute

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Collective action, social movements

Sustainability and consumption are intrinsically contentious domains, concerning the ongoing struggle between different visions of prosperity, justice and the good life.

Political action and social movements shape policy agendas, public debates and future arrangements around sustainable consumption. This is achieved, for example, through:

  • critiquing the dominant modes of consumption
  • imagining and experimenting with alternative forms of provision and social organisation
  • offering competing narratives about the environment and its future.

Our aims

This working group draws on interests and concerns across our Institute and the wider University - particularly those of Movements@Manchester - about the origins, practices and outcomes of collective contentious action, as well as what can be learned from thinking ‘with’ social movements and political critique.

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