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Texturing waste: Attachment and identity in every-day consumption and waste practices

Thomas, Gareth, Groves, Christopher, Henwood, Karen and Pidgeon, Nicholas 2016. Texturing waste: Attachment and identity in every-day consumption and waste practices. Environmental Values
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Waste has often been a target of literature and policy promoting pro-environmental behaviour. However, little attention has been paid to how subjects interpret and construct waste in their daily lives. In this paper we develop a synthesis of practice theory and psycho-social concepts of attachment and transitional space to explore how biographically patterned relationships and attachments to practice shape subjects understandings of resource consumption and disposal. Deploying biographical interview data produced in the [project], we illustrate how tangible, intersubjective and interdependent experiences rub-up against cultural and behavioural norms, reshaping the meanings and strategies through which subjects interpret and manage waste.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Practice theory, attachment, narrative interviews, energy, pro-environmental behaviour
Publisher: White Horse Press
ISSN: 0963-2719
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 15:18

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