SOCY 5560 Consumption and Sustainability (Fall: 3 )
As ecological degradation intensified, this course addresses the role of consumption in achieving sustainability, considering issues such as the scale of consumption in the global north, the spread of consumer culture globally, and the role of damaging goods and services. We begin with social theory and apply it to sustainable consumption practices. While much of the literature is pessimistic, consumer culture is remarkably dynamic. Students will develop a strong analytic context and learn to evaluate the growing literature and applied activity in this field. Readings include Bourdieu, Giddens, Shove, Sachs, Holt, Thompson, Seyfang and others.
Instructor(s): Juliet Schor
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13