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The Earthscan Reader on Sustainable Consumption provides a coherent synthesis of key contributions to the literature on consumption and sustainability. This Reader presents an overview of key institutional initiatives in sustainable consumption and each contribution has been chosen to reflect the complexity of the underlying debates. It also includes different dimensions and flavours of the debate in terms of disciplinary perspective, geographical bias and gender and the desire to situate the contemporary debate in a historical context. Presented with a comprehensive introductory overview written specifically by the editor, this book offers an invaluable 'route-map' through the complex intellectual terrain relevant to the pursuit of sustainable consumption.
'This useful book lays out the case for making consumption sustainable, or at least less unsustainable. Essays by a variety of distinguished authors explore the psychological as well as social and economic factors, and end with propositions about how to understand and manage ourselves.' Sir Crispin Tickell, Chancellor, University of Kent, UK 'Professor Jackson has compiled (and contributed to) an outstanding collection of eclectic papers on the multi-faceted conundrum of consumption. This comprehensive volume frames the problem, makes the case against consumerism, unmakes it again in an intriguing section on 'resisting simplicity' and ends by 'reframing sustainable consumption.' Anyone hoping to understand the role of consumption in placing (un)sustainability among the most intractable problems confronting the modern world should begin with a thorough read of Jackson's new collection.' William E. Rees, Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada 'This is an invaluable guide to the innovative and urgent field of sustainable consumption. The way we live and the life of the planet are intertwined and this book is an excellent resource for those who wish to know.' Ed Mayo, Chief Executive, National Consumer Council, UK 'A comprehensive introduction provides an excellent guide through the complex arena of sustainable consumption.' Magazine of the IEMA 'I highly recommend this book... This reader presents a thoughtful selection of the best literature available in the field and is organized as a practical and essential framework for better understanding a very central topic at the core of many environmental issues.' Journal of Industrial Ecology
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