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Book Review: Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life


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Altmann, E 2013 , 'Book Review: Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life' , Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, vol. 15, no. 4 , pp. 582-584 , doi: 10.1080/1523908X.2013.852781.

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This article reviews Gibson et al.'s book Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life". Issues of sustainability have received an increasing amount of attention over the past decade. However, much of the academic discussion around sustainability takes a big picture view. Gibson et al. address both the big picture and the micro level with thought-provoking thoroughness. Centred at the household level, this book covers 19 common issues confronting households in their search to live a ‘green’ lifestyle. Along with the dilemma of sifting through a broad range of often contradictory information, our attitudes to the material nature of current lifestyles are questioned. The focus of this book is on the small steps that household’s take to reduce their environmental footprint and the dilemmas they face in doing so. What exactly are we willing to give up to be green? Yearly mobile phone and computer upgrades perhaps?

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Altmann, E
Keywords: Sustainability, Green consumption, society, Retrofit, Consumer,
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/1523908X.2013.852781
Copyright Holders: Taylor and Francis
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