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by Rita J. Erickson
     
 

This study compares household energy use, environmental awareness, and consumerism among residents of small towns in Sweden and America. The author, a cultural anthropologist, uses quantitative and qualitative data from fieldwork to formulate a holistic analysis. The study considers broader questions about the uses of energy, consumer goods, quality of life, and

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This study compares household energy use, environmental awareness, and consumerism among residents of small towns in Sweden and America. The author, a cultural anthropologist, uses quantitative and qualitative data from fieldwork to formulate a holistic analysis. The study considers broader questions about the uses of energy, consumer goods, quality of life, and the environment. The industrial worldview is critiqued at both individual and institutional levels. It concludes with a call for a more spiritual approach to environmentalism and social issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275957667
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Communities and Their Contexts11
2House Contents and Fuel Consumption27
3Household Activities43
4Consumer Awareness: Energy, Self-Image, and Conservation53
5Energy Consumption: Cultural Mandates and Individual Rationales69
6Energy Conservation: Cultural Sanctions and Individual Motives83
7The New Environmental Focus93
8Consumerism113
9Worldview133
Conclusion147
Appendixes159
Bibliography165
Index173

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