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Beyond the ABC: climate change policy and theories of social change

Shove, Elizabeth (2010) Beyond the ABC: climate change policy and theories of social change. Environment and Planning A, 42 (6). pp. 1273-1285. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

In this short and deliberately provocative paper I reflect on what seems to be a yawning gulf between the potential contribution of the social sciences and the typically restricted models and concepts of social change embedded in contemporary environmental policy in the UK, and in other countries too. As well as making a strong case for going beyond what I refer to as the dominant paradigm of 'ABC'-attitude, behaviour, and choice-I discuss the attractions of this model, the blind spots it creates, and the forms of governance it sustains. This exercise provides some insight into why so much relevant social theory remains so marginalised, and helps identify opportunities for making better use of existing intellectual resources.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Uncontrolled Keywords: TECHNOLOGIES ; TRANSITIONS ; INNOVATION ; BEHAVIOR
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 52976
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2012 16:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52976

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