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Karimzadeh, S. & Boström, M. (2024). Ethical consumption in three stages: a focus on sufficiency and care. Environmental Sociology, 10(1), 1-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethical consumption in three stages: a focus on sufficiency and care
2024 (English)In: Environmental Sociology, ISSN 2325-1042, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Given the excessive consumption of natural resources in affluent contexts across the world, this paper argues that there is a need to discuss, critique, and advance the concept of ethical consumption, which is commonly understood as involving only relatively minor practices of consumption refinement, such as acts of boycotting and buycotting. The paper does so by linking ethical consumption to the concepts of sufficiency and care and suggesting a temporal categorization. The sufficiency lens is applied to show why and how the understanding of ethical consumption cannot be restricted to that of consumption refinement but must also address consumption reduction, due to high ecological and climate footprints in many coun-tries. A temporal categorization is helpful for further expanding on this idea. Therefore, we propose understanding ethical consumption in three stages; pre-consumption, consumption and post-consumption. Finally, we emphasize the need to nurture a culture of responsibility and a sense of caring for others, including people, materials, and nature. Such a more comprehen-sive framework could help bring attention to both the promises and contradictions within ethical consumption, and some avenues for further research are suggested in the conclusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2024
Keywords
Consumption, pre-consumption, post-consumption, care, time, culture
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-109730 (URN)10.1080/23251042.2023.2277971 (DOI)001102001200001 ()2-s2.0-85176963270 (Scopus ID)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 101022789
Available from: 2023-11-15 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2023-12-21Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2023). The Social Life of Unsustainable Mass Consumption. Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Social Life of Unsustainable Mass Consumption
2023 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lexington Books, 2023. p. 246
Series
Environment and Society
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-108049 (URN)9781666902440 (ISBN)9781666902457 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-09-04 Created: 2023-09-04 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Römmelmann, H. & Sandström, L. (2022). Could practices of reduced consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic facilitate transformative change for sustainability? Experiences from Sweden and Ireland. Frontiers in Sustainability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Could practices of reduced consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic facilitate transformative change for sustainability? Experiences from Sweden and Ireland
2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Sustainability, E-ISSN 2673-4524Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The COVID-19 pandemic implied a disruption of several consumer practices, which offers an opportunity to explore experiences and possibilities to switch toward more sustainable lifestyles with reduced consumption. This article asks if there is long-term transformative potential toward more sustainable and climate friendly consumption practices embedded in these new experiences. By the use of qualitative interviews, the article explores learning experiences gained by “mainstream” consumers in Sweden and Ireland. A theoretical framework consisting of five themes, also related to previous COVID-19 research, guide the analysis of empirical findings: 1) desired objects; 2) confirmation of social relations by non- or alternative consumption; 3) temporal and spatial aspects; 4) de-normalization of mass consumption; 5) new competences and social support. Findings suggest that the long-term lifestyle transformation possibilities are not vast, but neither are they insignificant. Various positive experiences, with implications for reduced/alternative consumption, can be stored in collective memories even if several consumer practices bounce back to “normal” after the pandemic. Based on the findings, the long-term transformative potential is discussed through the lenses of transformative learning, reflectivity, and adaptative abilities. The study contributes to the literature on sustainable and reduced consumption, including literature on degrowth, suciency, and downsizing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2022
Keywords
adaptation, climate friendly, consumer practices, disruption, lifestyle, reflectivity, transformative learning
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-101439 (URN)10.3389/frsus.2022.994108 (DOI)2-s2.0-85158984908 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-02849
Available from: 2022-09-23 Created: 2022-09-23 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Karimzadeh, S. & Boström, M. (2022). Ethical consumption: why should we understand it as a social practice within a multilevel framework?. Open Research Europe, 2(109)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethical consumption: why should we understand it as a social practice within a multilevel framework?
2022 (English)In: Open Research Europe, E-ISSN 2732-5121, Vol. 2, no 109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the importance of a multilevel and intertwined understanding of ethical consumption given its conjunction with other social practices. Although the literature on ethical consumption is vast, the role of sociotechnical regimes including technological and cultural elements, infrastructure, market and regulation has been mainly overlooked in this literature. This may be so because ethical consumption practices that refer to other-oriented consumption practices are mainly considered in the view of the motivations and preferences of individual consumers. Due to the insufficiency of     individualistic approaches to explain stimulators and inhibitors of ethical consumption, indicates there might be “various constraints” in society and “competing demands” to hamper consumers from acting ethically. Therefore, to avoid an oversimplified view of ethical consumption, this paper contributes with a theoretical discussion on combining social practice theory (SPT) with a multi-level perspective (MLP). Although the SPT is a very well-structured framework in consumption studies, the necessity of a combined approach concerns the often-insufficient attention paid to structural prerequisites of various consumption forms in social practice theories. By understanding ethical consumption practices according to a multilevel framework, the paper emphasizes the importance of structural factors at macro- and mesolevels. It also contributes attention to how ethical consumption grows due to dialectical processes between levels, showing that niche practices can simultaneously challenge and rely on existing regimes

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Commission, 2022
Keywords
Ethical consumption practices, social practice theory, multilevel perspective, combination approach
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-103379 (URN)10.12688/openreseurope.15069.2 (DOI)37645335 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85147569022 (Scopus ID)
Funder
European Commission, 101022789
Available from: 2023-01-23 Created: 2023-01-23 Last updated: 2023-08-30Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2022). Framtiden närmar sig. In: Rolf Lidskog; Erik Löfmarck (Ed.), En mänsklig natur: Risker, reglering och representationer (pp. 105-120). Örebro universitet, sociologiämnet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framtiden närmar sig
2022 (Swedish)In: En mänsklig natur: Risker, reglering och representationer / [ed] Rolf Lidskog; Erik Löfmarck, Örebro universitet, sociologiämnet , 2022, p. 105-120Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro universitet, sociologiämnet, 2022
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-99374 (URN)9789187789649 (ISBN)9789187789632 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2022-06-02 Created: 2022-06-02 Last updated: 2022-06-07Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2022). Lifestyle transformation and reduced consumption: a transformative learning process. sozialpolitik.ch (1), Article ID Article 1.2.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lifestyle transformation and reduced consumption: a transformative learning process
2022 (English)In: sozialpolitik.ch, E-ISSN 2297-8224, no 1, article id Article 1.2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Overconsumption habits and structures have a huge environmental impact. The ar-ticle uses a qualitative interview study of environmentally conscious Swedish citizens undertaking a lifestyle transformation process to reduce their overall consumption in the context of mass consumption society. The purpose is to emphasise the importance of a transformative learning perspective to understand pathways and challenges for transforming towards less consumerist lifestyles. The study demonstrates five mutually bolstering aspects of learning experiences in this lifestyle transformation process: 1) factual and theoretical learning; 2) practical, corporal and tacit learning; 3) personal and emotional learning; 4) social relational learning; and 5) critical learning. It stresses the importance of a social dimension including the interplay of macro, meso and micro levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universität Fribourg, Departement Sozialwissenschaften Studienbereich, Soziologie, Sozialpolitik und Sozialarbeit, 2022
Keywords
Social dimension, downsizing, consuming less, social practices, voluntary simplicity
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-99373 (URN)10.18753/2297-8224-186 (DOI)
Available from: 2022-06-02 Created: 2022-06-02 Last updated: 2022-06-07Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2021). Social relations and challenges to consuming less in a mass consumption society. Sociologisk forskning, 58(4), 383-406
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social relations and challenges to consuming less in a mass consumption society
2021 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, E-ISSN 2002-066X, Vol. 58, no 4, p. 383-406Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increasing numbers of people in welfare societies express worries about their ecological footprint. Some make efforts to significantly reduce their consumption. Because people have been socialized into a society of mass/excess consumption, there are great challenges. How can someone learn to downsize when society incessantly compels her to continue with mass consumption habits? This article demonstrates, theoretically and empirically, how social relations, within a societal context of mass consumption, shape the conditions for transforming lifestyles to reduce consumption. It contributes to sociology as well as a growing interdisciplinary literature on reduced consumption by focusing specifically on challenges related to social relations. The study uses a qualitative approach and an interview study of 24 people in Sweden making significant efforts to reduce their consumption. Findings – both perceived challenges and creative ways of coping with them – are related to four analytical themes: (1) the intersection of everyday rituals and consumption; (2) the norms and normality of mass consumption; (3) social comparison and status consumption; and (4) social and community support for reducing consumption.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sveriges sociologförbund, 2021
Keywords
sustainable consumption, lifestyle, downsizing, reduced consumption, transformation
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-97974 (URN)10.37062/sf.58.22818 (DOI)000760284400002 ()2-s2.0-85126111226 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-03-11 Created: 2022-03-11 Last updated: 2022-05-10Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2021). Social Relations and Everyday Consumption Rituals: Barriers or Prerequisites for Sustainability Transformation?. Frontiers in Sociology, 6, Article ID 723464.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social Relations and Everyday Consumption Rituals: Barriers or Prerequisites for Sustainability Transformation?
2021 (English)In: Frontiers in Sociology, E-ISSN 2297-7775, Vol. 6, article id 723464Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Macro-institutional structures and consumerist culture force and urge people to reproduce unsustainable levels of consumption. A crucial role for sociology, the article argues, is to address theoretically and empirically the intersection between social relations and (over)consumption. The purpose with this article is to address how social relations are involved in both reproducing and challenging consumer culture. This is done by emphasizing the intersection of consumer culture and socially integrating everyday rituals and drawing on literature on both voluntary and involuntary (the pandemic) disruption of consumer practices. The Covid-19 pandemic brings unexpected opportunities to highlight this intersection, as the pandemic offers a window of opportunity for lifestyle change. The review shows there are important lessons about both challenges and opportunities, gained from both voluntary and involuntary disruption of consumer practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2021
Keywords
Consumer culture, lifestyle, overconsumption, social interaction, sustainable consumption
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-94344 (URN)10.3389/fsoc.2021.723464 (DOI)000697233100001 ()34504893 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85114604362 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-02849
Available from: 2021-09-15 Created: 2021-09-15 Last updated: 2021-10-13Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2021). Take the Opportunity Afforded by the COVID-19 Experiences: Progressive Non-growth Policies for Sustainable Lifestyles. Frontiers in Sustainability, 2, Article ID 726320.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Take the Opportunity Afforded by the COVID-19 Experiences: Progressive Non-growth Policies for Sustainable Lifestyles
2021 (English)In: Frontiers in Sustainability, E-ISSN 2673-4524, Vol. 2, article id 726320Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant restrictions on lifestyles and consumption everywhere. Many consumer practices have been disrupted due to the shutting down of economic and social activities, limiting of mobility in public places, closing of shopping centers and non-essential stores, and closing of borders. These restrictions have had a significant impact on climate emissions. Much public and scholarly attention has been given to the question of whether the pandemic also offers a window of opportunity for long-term sustainability transformation. The article elaborates on this issue by specifically discussing progressive non-growth policies for sustainable lifestyles and reduced consumption. What potential for long-term transformative change results from lifestyle changes like these? How can societies be restructured to take advantage of the experiences from the pandemic? Bottom-up drivers and possibilities for top-down enforcement are both important to consider. The article limits its focus to top-down policy measures with transformative potential related to sustainable lifestyles (reduced consumption) by summarizing and discussing some key policy lessons identified in recent COVID-19 literature. It considers the need to address likely rebound effects and the vested interests in bouncing practices back toward the previous unsustainable “normality.” The argument is generally inspired by post-growth and degrowth perspectives, as the dominant pro-growth, neo-liberal doctrines are seen as unable to transform societies and guide them onto sustainable paths.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media S.A., 2021
Keywords
climate change, consumption, degrowth, transformation, transformative change, infrastructure, post-growth, sustainability
National Category
Environmental Sciences Sociology
Research subject
Enviromental Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-96137 (URN)10.3389/frsus.2021.726320 (DOI)2-s2.0-85141555441 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2020-02849
Available from: 2021-12-23 Created: 2021-12-23 Last updated: 2023-12-08Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Lundahl, C. & Öhman, J. (Eds.). (2020). Humanistiska och samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv på bildning och hållbar utveckling. Örebro: Örebro Universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Humanistiska och samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv på bildning och hållbar utveckling
2020 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro Universitet, 2020. p. 130
Series
Rapporter i pedagogik, ISSN 1650-0652 ; 23
Keywords
bildning, hållbar utveckling, forskning, utbildning
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-86067 (URN)
Available from: 2020-09-28 Created: 2020-09-28 Last updated: 2021-01-26Bibliographically approved
Projects
Environmental Risk Governance of the Baltic Sea (RISKGOV) [A032-2008_OSS]; Södertörn UniversityChemicals in textiles: managing environmental and health risks from products with complex product chains [A035-2008_OSS]; Södertörn UniversityConditions for Participatory Environmental Governance in a Regional Context: The Baltic and Adriatic Sea Regions [A043-2010_OSS]; Södertörn University
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7215-2623

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