Material Geographies of Household Sustainability

Material Geographies of Household Sustainability

by Andrew Gorman-Murray, Ruth Lane

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Material Geographies of Household Sustainability by Andrew Gorman-Murray

Charting new research directions, this book constructs a series of imperatives for linking culturally informed research around household sustainability with policy and planning. The household, or 'home', is a critical scale for understanding activities that connect individual behaviours and societal attitudes. The focus on the household in this collection provides a window into the sheer diversity of homemaking and maintenance activities that entail resource use. These practices have affective or emotive dimensions as well as habitual aspects. Diversity, innovation and change at the household scale is often missed in policy approaches which assume that simplistic economic motivations drive demand and this can in turn be 'managed' through regulation or market pricing. The research challenge extends beyond describing existing unsustainable economies driving resource intensive behaviour to consider realistic options for transformations in cultural practices, material relationships and, ultimately, the political economies they sit within. Without change in these systems, government initiatives to promote ecological modernisation run the risk of simply green-washing the very economies of consumption that currently drive unsustainable practices. Social and cultural change at the household level is critical to promoting sustainability at a range of wider scales.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317099451
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr Ruth Lane, Senior Lecturer, Human Dimensions of Envt and Sustainability, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Ruth Lane and Andrew Gorman-Murray; Part I Contributions of a Cultural Approach to Household Sustainability: Is it easy being green? On the dilemmas of material cultures of household sustainability, Chris Gibson, Gordon Waitt, Lesley Head and Nick Gill; A domestic twist on the eco-efficiency turn: environmentalism, technology, home, Aidan Davison; Sustainability, consumption and the household in developing world contexts, Willem Paling and Tim Winter; Discussion: interrogating the household as a field of sustainability, Gay Hawkins. Part II Domestic Spaces and Material Flows: Beyond McMansions and green homes: thinking household sustainability through materialities of homeyness, Robyn Dowling and Emma Power; Remaking home: the reuse of goods and materials in Australian households, Ralph Horne, Cecily Maller and Ruth Lane; Bottled water practices: reconfiguring drinking in Bangkok households, Gay Hawkins and Kane Race; Discussion: watch where that went – we may need it later: reflections on material flows in and through home, Louise Crabtree. Part III Governance and Citizenship: Mapping geographies of reuse in Sheffield and Melbourne, Matt Watson and Ruth Lane; Build it like you mean it: replicating ethical innovation in physical and institutional design, Louise Crabtree; Rethinking responsibility? Household sustainability in the stakeholder society, Andy Scerri; Environmental politics, green governmentality and the possibility of a 'creative grammar' for domestic sustainable consumption, Kersty Hobson; Discussion: governance and citizenship at home, Aidan Davison; Conclusion: tackling the 'missing scale' in environmental policy, Ruth Lane and Andrew Gorman-Murray; Index.

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