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Texturing Waste: Attachment and Identity in Every-Day Consumption and Waste Practices

Gareth Thomas, Christopher Groves, Karen Henwood, Nick Pidgeon

Environmental Values 26 (2017): 733-755. doi: 10.3197/096327117X15046905490362

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Waste has often been a target of literature and policy promoting pro-environmental behaviour. However, little attention has been paid to how subjects interpret and construct waste in their daily lives. In this article we develop a synthesis of practice theory and psycho-social concepts of attachment and transitional space to explore how biographically patterned relationships and attachments to practice shape subjects' understandings of resource consumption and disposal. Deploying biographical interview data produced by the Energy Biographies Project, we illustrate how tangible, intersubjective and interdependent experiences rub up against cultural and behavioural norms, reshaping the meanings and strategies through which subjects interpret and manage waste.


Practice theory, attachment, narrative interviews, energy, pro-environmental behaviour

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

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

The Virtues of Acknowledged Ecological Dependence: Sustainability, Autonomy and Human Flourishing.Mike Hannis

Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values. Sarah Hards

Sourcing Stability in a Time of Climate Change. Kenneth Shockley

Towards Sustainable Agricultural Stewardship: Evolution and Future Directions of the Permaculture Concept. Jungho Suh

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Reversing Environmental Degradation: Justice, Fairness, Responsibility and Meaning. Simon Hailwood

Everyday Life Ecologies: Crisis, Transitions and the Aesth-Etics of Desire. Alice Dal Gobbo

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