Bekin, Caroline; Carrigan, Marylyn and Szmigin, Isabelle
Empowerment, waste and new consumption communities.
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26(1/2),
This paper aims to explore the diverse and complementary resistance and waste-reduction practices adopted by UK-based New Consumption Communities, and whether such behaviours empower them to achieve their environmental and social goals. A participant-observer role is employed and six distinct New Consumption Communities are explored.It is suggested that through their resistance and empowerment, as well as a reconnection to production, the communities are able to implement alternatives to the wasteful practices of mainstream consumption behaviour, and achieve (partial) autonomy from the hegemonic forces of the market.
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