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Are lifecourse transitions opportunities for moving to more sustainable consumption?

Burningham, Katherine (2017) Are lifecourse transitions opportunities for moving to more sustainable consumption? Journal of Consumer Culture.

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Abstract

The idea that lifecourse transitions might offer ‘moments of change’ in which to encourage more sustainable consumption is popular. However insights from sociological literature on lifecourse transitions have rarely been brought to bear on this assumption and little research explores how everyday consumption may change through such transitions. This paper focuses on two distinct lifecourse transitions - becoming a mother and retirement – and through qualitative longitudinal research evaluates the assumption that such periods provide opportunities for movement to more sustainable consumption. Three interviews were conducted with 40 new mothers and 40 retirees in the UK exploring change and continuity in aspects of everyday consumption. While our findings confirm that these are times of significant change with potential impacts on the sustainability of everyday consumption, we conclude that to characterise such transitions as ‘moments of change’ fails to adequately capture their lived experience.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Burningham, KatherineK.Burningham@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Consumption; Motherhood; Retirement; Sustainability; Sustainable consumption; Transitions
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 02 Aug 2017 09:48
Last Modified : 02 Aug 2017 09:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841827

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