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Disruption and change: drought and the inconspicuous dynamics of garden lives.

Chappells, Heather and Medd, William and Shove, Elizabeth (2011) Disruption and change: drought and the inconspicuous dynamics of garden lives. Social and Cultural Geography, 12 (7). pp. 701-715. ISSN 1464-9365

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Abstract

It is now widely agreed that there is more to sustainable consumption than persuading individuals to make green their brand of choice. Instead, the focus is on how to understand the processes of change, particularly in relation to the transformation of inconspicuous habits. A dominant approach within sustainable consumption research suggests that changing embedded habits and practices requires making them visible and subject to overt decision-making and discussion. An alternative practice-based perspective suggests that enduring change emerges through the amplification of existing social orientations and does not necessarily depend upon explicit contestation and debate. We examine these positions with reference to a detailed study of changing outdoor domestic water consumption habits during the 2006 drought in south-east England. Our analysis of variable responses to the hosepipe ban leads us to suggest that the manner in which disruption generates change in consumption practices is mediated by pre-existing social orientations and by diverse configurations of garden infrastructures and water institutions.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social and Cultural Geography
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable consumption ; practice theory ; garden living ; drought ; water demand ; CULTURES ; WATER
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 52973
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2012 16:36
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52973

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