EXPLORING SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTIONAuthor: By Joseph Murphy , The Open University Maurie J. Cohen , New Jersey Institute of Technology
Publish date: September 2001
Consumption and lifestyles in the World's richest countries are a significant cause of global environmental problems. Consumerism is increasingly recognised as a major drain on global resources and the search for sustainable consumption is emerging as a key policy issue. In Exploring Sustainable Consumption Joseph Murphy and Maurie Cohen have brought together an internationally recognised group of authors who critically examine this key area of policy debate. Through papers by Jouni Paavola, David Goodman, Michael Redclift, Elizabeth Shove and other major authors, Exploring Sustainable Consumption addresses issues including food and water consumption, green consumerism, the consumption of space, the role of technology and the pursuit of sustainable lifestyles. It criticises naïve proposals that emphasise technological optimism and a limited understanding of consumption practices. The authors locate sustainable consumption within the history of debates about the environmental impact of modern societies and examine how governments and others are approaching this issue. Each contributor examines consumption-environment relationships from his or her own disciplinary perspective. This rich and diverse literature is used to outline new approaches to policy and action. The book represents a major contribution to the sustainable consumption debate and illustrates the valuable contribution that the social sciences can make.