The End of Over-Consumption: Towards a Lifestyle of Moderation and Self-Restraint

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This provocative and readable study examines the norms, values and beliefs that contribute to modern environmental problems. Criticizing the environmental abuses inherent in the acquisitive values of consumer society, the argument presented contends that individuals must simplify their lifestyles and exhibit moderation and self-restraint to avoid waste and maintain the earth's resources. In this vision, governments must translate moderation and limitation into effective policy measures and adapt economic, social, and political institutions accordingly.
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Environmental Val
A splendidly engaging work . . . The author covers an enormous amount of ground with elegance and economy of expression."
Environmental Values
A splendidly engaging work . . . The author covers an enormous amount of ground with elegance and economy of expression."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789057270468
  • Publisher: International Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11
Introduction 13
Pt. I Sustainability and the Greening of Political Institutions
1 Sustainability, Liberal Democracy, Liberalism 23
2 Formulating Sustainability in a Liberal Democracy 39
3 The Ecological Restructuring of the State 57
Pt. II Utopia and Sustainability
4 Ecological Utopianism and Sustainability 81
5 Landscapes in the Western Utopian Tradition 98
6 Utopians on Education for Sustainability 118
Pt. III Lifestyle Changes, Consumerism and Frugality
7 The Need to Deliberately Steer Consumer Behaviour 137
8 Consumerism, Hedonism and the Permanent Renewal of Desires 157
9 Towards a Lifestyle of Moderation and Self-restraint 176
Notes 199
References 211
About the Author 218
Index 219
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