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Border Crossing and the Logics of Space: A Case Study in Pro-Environmental Practices

Uzzell, David and Räthzel, Nora (2018) Border Crossing and the Logics of Space: A Case Study in Pro-Environmental Practices Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2096. pp. 1-13.

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We investigate whether and how workers in a transnational oil corporation carry practices, meanings, and identities between the places of work and home, focusing on environmental and health and safety practices, in order to understand the larger question, how can environmentally relevant practices be generalized in society at large? Our theoretical starting point is that societal institutions function according to different logics (Thornton et al., 2012) and the borders (Clark, 2000) between these institutions create affordances and constraints on the transfer of practices between these places. By connecting their theoretical ideas, we suggest that these provide an alternative critique and explanatory account of the transfer of environmental practices between home and work than a “spillover” approach. We employ life history interviews to explore the development and complexity of the causes, justifications, and legitimations of people’s actions, social relationships, and the structural constraints which govern relationships between these spaces. While Clark’s concepts of permeable, strong, or blended borders are useful heuristic tools, people may simultaneously strengthen, transgress, or blend the borders between work and home in terms of practices, meanings, identities, or institutional logics. Individuals have to be understood as creators of the border crossing process, which is why their life histories and the ways in which their identities and their attachments to places (i.e., institutions) are shaped by the logics of these places are important. For environmental practices to travel from work to home, they need to become embedded in a company culture that allows their integration into workers’ identities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Räthzel, Nora
Date : 1 November 2018
DOI : 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02096
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Uzzell and Räthzel. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Border crossing; Spillover; Environmental practices; Health and safety; Institutional logics; Home and work; Life histories; Behavior change
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 19 Mar 2019 15:02
Last Modified : 19 Mar 2019 15:02

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