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Making practice theory practicable: Towards more sustainable forms of consumption

Wilhite, Harold
Published in Journal of Consumer Culture. 2014, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 25-44
Abstract In recent years, there has been growing interest in applying social practice theory to theorizing consumption, specifically in relation to transforming practices that have prob- lematic environmental impacts. In this paper, we address the questions: how do changes in practices occur, and what are the levers for influencing change towards more sus- tainable consumption practices? We argue that a view of agency distributed across people, things and social contexts is fruitful. We also explore learning through mem- bership in communities of practice, where people are involved in experiments with or exposure to new practices. We relate three case studies in the arena of food consump- tion practices then discuss the practicalities and pitfalls involved in translating social practice approaches into practicable recommendations for encouraging more sustain- able forms of consumption.
Keywords Social practice theorySustainable consumptionSocial learningFood and beveragesPolicy arena
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SAHAKIAN, Marlyne, WILHITE, Harold. Making practice theory practicable: Towards more sustainable forms of consumption. In: Journal of Consumer Culture, 2014, vol. 14, n° 1, p. 25-44. doi: 10.1177/1469540513505607 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:99946

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