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Empowerment, waste and new consumption communities

Bekin, Caroline; Carrigan, Marylyn and Szmigin, Isabelle (2006). Empowerment, waste and new consumption communities. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26(1/2) pp. 32–47.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01443330610644416
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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0144-333X
Keywords: Consumers; Empowerment; Waste; Ethnography;
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Item ID: 10717
Depositing User: Users 6903 not found.
Date Deposited: 16 May 2008
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2011 09:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/10717
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