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Boström, M. & Klintman, M. (2019). Can we rely on ‘climate friendly’ consumption?. Journal of Consumer Culture, 19(3), 359-378
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Consumer Culture, ISSN 1469-5405, E-ISSN 1741-2900, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 359-378Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In policy and research on sustainable consumption in general, and climate-oriented consumption specifically, key questions centre around whether people are motivated and prompted to support such consumption. A common claim in the scholarly debate is that policy makers, in face of fundamental governance challenges, refrain from taking responsibility and instead invest unrealistic hopes in that consumers will solve pressing environmental problems through consumer choice. Although green consumption is challenging, specifically climate-friendly consumption is even more so, due to the particularly encompassing, complex and abstract sets of problems and since climate impact concerns the totality of one’s consumption. Nevertheless, consumers are called to participate in the task to save the planet. This article draws on existing literature on climate-oriented consumption with the aim of contributing to a proper understanding of the relation between consumer action and climate mitigation. It provides a synthesis and presents key constraining mechanisms sorted under five themes: the value-action gap, individualisation of responsibility, knowledge gap, ethical fetishism and the rebound effect. This article concludes with a discussion of perspectives that endorse a socially embedded view of the citizen-consumer. The discussion indicates pathways for how to counteract the constraining mechanisms and open up room for climate-friendly citizen-consumers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Citizen, climate, consumer information, consumption, responsibility, value-action gap
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63811 (URN)10.1177/1469540517717782 (DOI)000478618500004 ()2-s2.0-85070262784 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-608
Note

Funding Agencies:

Örebro University

Lund University

Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. & Klintman, M. (2019). Mass Consumption and Political Consumerism. In: Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism: (pp. 855-875). New York: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mass Consumption and Political Consumerism
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism / [ed] Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 855-875Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Oxford University Press, 2019
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75336 (URN)9780190629038 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-25 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Micheletti, M. & Oosterveer, P. (2019). Political consumerism: Research challenges and future directions. In: Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism: (pp. 879-898). New York: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political consumerism: Research challenges and future directions
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism / [ed] Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 879-898Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Oxford University Press, 2019
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75337 (URN)9780190629038 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-25 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved
Boström, M. (2019). Rejecting and embracing brands in political consumerism. In: Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism: (pp. 205-226). New York: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rejecting and embracing brands in political consumerism
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism / [ed] Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 205-226Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Oxford University Press, 2019
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75335 (URN)9780190629038 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-25 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Micheletti, M. & Oosterveer, P. (2019). Studying political consumerism. In: Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism: (pp. 1-26). New York: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studying political consumerism
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism / [ed] Magnus Boström, Michele Micheletti, Peter Oosterveer, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 1-26Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Oxford University Press, 2019
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75334 (URN)10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.44 (DOI)9780190629038 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-25 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Micheletti, M. & Oosterveer, P. (Eds.). (2019). The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. New York: Oxford University Press
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2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. p. 930
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75333 (URN)9780190629038 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-07-25 Created: 2019-07-25 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved
Uggla, Y., Lidskog, R. & Boström, M. (2019). Var går gränsen för det rimliga?: Förhandlingar om vardagsliv och miljöansvar. In: Jenny Alsarve och Erik Löfmarck (Ed.), Samhälle i förhandling: Villkor, processer, konsekvenser (pp. 152-166). Örebro: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Var går gränsen för det rimliga?: Förhandlingar om vardagsliv och miljöansvar
2019 (Swedish)In: Samhälle i förhandling: Villkor, processer, konsekvenser / [ed] Jenny Alsarve och Erik Löfmarck, Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2019, p. 152-166Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2019
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-76401 (URN)978-91-87789-21-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-09-13 Created: 2019-09-13 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved
Uggla, Y. & Boström, M. (2018). Ambivalence in environmental representation: A theoretical contribution. Sociologisk forskning, 55(4), 447-465
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2018 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 4, p. 447-465Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we examine the phenomenon of representation through the theoretical lens of ambivalence, concentrating on the people involved in representation: representatives. We argue that the theoretical concept of ambivalence can be helpful in analysing and understanding the various tensions environmental and other representatives encounter in their practice. Based on the concepts of “sociological ambivalence”, “ideological dilemma”, and “the organizational centaur”, as well as on insights from social studies of science and sustainability studies, the paper develops a typology of three potential sources of ambivalence: role conflicts, value conflicts, and conflicts between goals and means. In addition, the paper identifies various ways of coping with ambivalence, including the construction of meta-norms, organizational and network support, pragmatism, drawing boundaries for reasonable and acceptable actions, rule bending and discursive negotiation. The paper concludes that the concept of ambivalence adds crucial insights to the positions, practices, and challenges of environmental representatives and notes that ambivalence is not only a matter of tensions and conflicts but can be a source of reflexivity, learning, and agency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Annelöv, Sweden: Sveriges sociologförbund, 2018
Keywords
Representatives, coping, environment, organization, dilemma, sustainability, uncertainty
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71713 (URN)000456441400002 ()
Available from: 2019-01-23 Created: 2019-01-23 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Davidson, D. J. & Lockie, S. (2018). Conclusions: A proposal for a brave new world of conceptual reflexivity?. In: Magnus Boström and Debra J. Davidson (Ed.), Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges (pp. 351-373). Palgrave Macmillan
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2018 (English)In: Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges / [ed] Magnus Boström and Debra J. Davidson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 351-373Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Series
Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67288 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-76415-3 (DOI)978-3-319-76414-6 (ISBN)978-3-319-76415-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved
Boström, M., Andersson, E., Berg, M., Gustafsson, K. M., Gustavsson, E., Hysing, E., . . . Öhman, J. (2018). Conditions for Transformative Learning for Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Review and Approach. Sustainability, 10(12), Article ID 4479.
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2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 12, article id 4479Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Continued unsustainability and surpassed planetary boundaries require not only scientific and technological advances, but deep and enduring social and cultural changes. The purpose of this article is to contribute a theoretical approach to understand conditions and constraints for societal change towards sustainable development. In order to break with unsustainable norms, habits, practices, and structures, there is a need for learning for transformation, not only adaption. Based on a critical literature review within the field of learning for sustainable development, our approach is a development of the concept of transformative learning, by integrating three additional dimensions—Institutional Structures, Social Practices, and Conflict Perspectives. This approach acknowledges conflicts on macro, meso, and micro levels, as well as structural and cultural constraints. It contends that transformative learning is processual, interactional, long-term, and cumbersome. It takes place within existing institutions and social practices, while also transcending them. The article adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective that acknowledges the importance of transformative learning in order for communities, organizations, and individuals to be able to deal with global sustainability problems, acknowledging the societal and personal conflicts involved in such transformation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018
Keywords
conflict, institutional, learning, social change, social practice, structure, transformative
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70403 (URN)10.3390/su10124479 (DOI)000455338100145 ()2-s2.0-85057440663 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically 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
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7215-2623

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