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Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values

Sarah Hards

Environmental Values 20 (2011): 23-42. doi: 10.3197/096327111X12922350165996


How and why people's environmental values change is a topical research issue, with major implications for sustainability policy. However, approaches based on individualistic models have had limited success in explaining the emergence of values, or developing interventions to change them. Work drawing on social practice theory takes an alternative approach, seeing values and practice as co-constructive. This paper examines how personal environmental values evolve through performance of practice, experience within specific contexts and social interaction. Drawing on a narrative-based study of UK climate change campaigners, it aims to contribute to a much-needed dialogue between sociological and psychological approaches to environmental values.


Social practice theory, climate change movement, sustainable lifestyle, community of practice, narrative

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Values and Human Purposes. Ted Benton
Morality and Climate Change: Is Leaving your TV on Standby a Risky Behaviour? Catherine Butler
Reframing Individual Responsibility for Sustainable Consumption: Lessons from Environmental Justice and Ecological Citizenship. Lucie Middlemiss
Greening our Future and Environmental Values: An Investigation of Perception, Attitudes and Awareness of Environmental issues in Zambia. Mweemba Liberty and Wu Hongjuan
In Search of Value Literacy: Suggestions for the Elicitation of Environmental Values Theresa Satterfield

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Environment Inc. and Panda Logos. Mark Whitehead
Environmental Stewardship, Moral Psychology and Gardens. Marcello di Paola

Addressing Needs in the Search for Sustainable Development: A Proposal for Needs-Based Scenario Building. Catherine Jolibert, Jouni Paavola and Felix Rauschmeyer

Rhetoric as a Means for Sustainable Development Policy. Gael Plumecocq

Should Ecological Citizenship Advocates Praise the Green State?. Carme Melo-Escrihuela

The Fundamental Role of Large-Scale Trust Building in Natural Resource Management. Karni Marcus

Invested in Unsustainability? On the Psychosocial Patterning of Engagement in Practices. Christopher Groves, Karen Henwood, Fiona Shirani, Catherine Butler, Karen Parkhill and Nick Pidgeon

People and Planet: Values, Motivations and Formative Influences of Individuals Acting to Mitigate Climate Change.Rachel Howell, Simon Allen

Texturing Waste: Attachment and Identity in Every-Day Consumption and Waste Practices. Gareth Thomas, Christopher Groves, Karen Henwood, Nick Pidgeon

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