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Consumption, Status, and Sustainability Ecological and Anthropological Perspectives

By: Paul Roscoe(Editor), Cindy Isenhour(Editor)
300 pages
Consumption, Status, and Sustainability
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  • Consumption, Status, and Sustainability ISBN: 9781108836043 Hardback Aug 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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Consumption, Status, and Sustainability addresses current concerns about the climate and environmental sustainability by exploring one of the key drivers of contemporary environmental problems: the role of status competition in generating what we consume, and what we throw away, to the detriment of the planet. Across time and space, humans have pursued social status in many different ways – through ritual purity, singing or dancing, child-bearing, bodily deformation, even headhunting. In many of the world's most consumptive societies, however, consumption has become closely tied to how individuals build and communicate status. Given this tight link, people will be reluctant to reduce consumption levels – and environmental impact – and forego their ability to communicate or improve their social standing. Drawing on cross-cultural and archaeological evidence, Consumption, Status, and Sustainability asks how a stronger understanding of the links between status and consumption across time, space, and culture might bend the curve towards a more sustainable future.


1. Standing out, fitting in, and the consumption of the world: sustainable consumption in a status-conscious world / Paul Roscoe and Cindy Isenhour

Part I. Status Competition and Hierarchy in Human Societies:
2. 'Status' pursuits in the past, and the condition we are in / Brian Hayden
3. Conflict management, status competition and consumption / Paul Roscoe

Part II. Variability in Status Consumption:
4. Status competition in the ancient past? Tracing antecedence in the Mimbres region of the US southwest / Will G. Russell and Michelle Hegmon
5. Leadership, the funding of power, and sustainability in the Prehispanic Mesoamerican world / Gary M. Feinman

Part III. Continuity and Discontinuity:
6. The never-ending feast redux: food, status competition, and the anthropology of overconsumption / Kaori O'Connor
7. The status of archaeological knowledge in the study of status: notes on classical Greece / Staša Babic
8. Signs of power and the power of signs: semiotics, materiality, and the political economy of status and consumption / Alf Hornborg
9. Status, consumption, and intersectionality in sustainability research / Sophorntavy Vorng

Part IV. Bending the Curve:
10. The higher monkey climb: shame as a tool in seeking a sustainable world / Richard Wilk
11. Ecological routes to social status and urban inclusion: theorizing citizenship through waste work / Manisha Anantharaman
12. Making the market work: socially embedded economies, the climate, and consumption / Cindy Isenhour
13. Conclusion: changes in status, consumption and sustainability / Cindy Isenhour and Paul Roscoe

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Paul Roscoe is a social anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of small-scale societies and modelling the human dimensions of climate change. He co-edited three books and has published regularly in leading anthropology and archaeology journals. He won the 1993 Curl Essay Prize (Royal Anthropological Institute) and is the 2016 Distinguished Maine Professor.

Cindy Isenhour is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Maine. She specializes in environmental policy and sustainable systems of consumption-production. She co-edited two books, Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice (2015) and Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research (2019) with research support from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.

- Paul Roscoe
- Cindy Isenhour
- Brian Hayden
- Will G. Russell
- Michelle Hegmon
- Gary M. Feinman
- Kaori O'Connor
- Staša Babic
- Alf Hornborg
- Sophorntavy Vorng
- Richard Wilk
- Manisha Anantharaman

By: Paul Roscoe(Editor), Cindy Isenhour(Editor)
300 pages
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