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Willing consumers – or locked-in? Policies for a sustainable consumption

Ecological Economics, vol.42 no.1-2 pp.273-287, August 2002


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Resource titleWilling consumers – or locked-in? Policies for a sustainable consumption
Author(s)Christer Sanne
Publication/ sourceEcological Economics, vol.42 no.1-2 pp.273-287
Date publishedAugust 2002
Summary text/ abstractPostmodern explanations of consumer behaviour stress social and psychological factors to the neglect of explanations based on structural issues such as the working life conditions which favour a work-and-spend lifestyle, the conditions of urban living or the effects of pervasive marketing. This paper argues that consumers may not be so keen and willing but are rather locked-in by circumstances. Some of these circumstances are deliberately created by other interests, and a policy to limit consumption must look for adequate means over a large and varied field. In the end shorter working hours may be an important key to a more sustainable future.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Economics, Neo-Luddism, Simplicity
Added to Free Range Library27/05/2016
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