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Green governmentality and responsibilization: new forms of governance and responses to "consumer responisibility"
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CUReS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
2015 (English)In: Environmental Politics, ISSN 0964-4016, E-ISSN 1743-8934, Vol. 24, no 6, p. 913-931Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An extensive literature examines political or green consumption, attending to how people make sense of their consumption relative to norms of individual responsibility and pro-environmental behaviour. Similarly, a small but growing literature addresses green governmentality, focusing on new governance forms and responsibilization processes. These two strands seldom meet, resulting in poor understanding of the links between consumption governance and people’s sense-making and actions relative to the moral imperative of being ‘responsible consumers’. We address this weakness by juxtaposing these two strands of literature, improving our understanding of the processes of responsibilization and some of their consequences. We argue that, to understand the effects of this form of governance, we must realize that subjects are not inevitably positioned and predetermined by a hegemonic discourse. At the same time, we must acknowledge that responsibilization processes give rise to compliance and to a range of ambivalences and forms of resistance.

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2015. Vol. 24, no 6, p. 913-931
Keywords [en]
green governmentality, responsibilization, green consumption, environmental governance, anti-consumption
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45789DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2015.1055885ISI: 000360581100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84940961652OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-45789DiVA, id: diva2:853519
Available from: 2015-09-14 Created: 2015-09-14 Last updated: 2018-09-12Bibliographically approved

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