2Sustainability and thePractice of Everyday Life

This chapter focuses largely on the sociology of everyday life, looking particularly at consumption issues and how changes to our everyday habits may lead to more sustainable lifestyles and development that is both desirable and fulfilling because it is human scale. Our need for and capability of learning from our environment and using this learning to change informs the discussion. The chapter comprises sections on:

•  The practice of everyday life;

•  Going slow;

•  Consumerism;

•  Car culture and ethical consumerism;

•  Eco-localism; and

•  Human-scale development.


In his justly famous but not always accessible book, The Practice of Everyday Life, the French philosopher ...

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