Sustainable Consumption: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives In Honour of Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta by Alistair Ulph

Sustainable Consumption: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives In Honour of Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

EditorAlistair Ulph, Dale Southerton

Hardcover | September 14, 2014

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If global society is to address the many environmental and other sustainability challenges that confront us in the twenty-first century, such as climate change and water resources, it will be necessary to make significant changes in our patterns of consumption, production, and distribution.There is a growing realization that while changes in production and distribution are formidable, the proposed solutions may not succeed unless it is possible to persuade individuals and households to change their patterns of consumption to make them more sustainable. However there are significant differences in how key disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, and history conceptualise consumption, empirically test their theoretical predictions, and use these to inform policy-makers across the private, public andthird sectors on how to make consumption more sustainable. This book contains chapters from world-leading experts in these different disciplines that seek to explain the perspectives on sustainable consumption of their disciplines, suggest how these might be further enriched by taking on board someof the findings from other disciplines, and consider what this implies for new policies to address the key sustainability challenges outlined above. The book is dedicated to Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, one of the world's leading economists who has worked across a range of topics, including environmental and resource economics and development economics, and throughout his career has sought to incorporate into his economic thinking ideas from arange of other disciplines.

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Alistair Ulph is Professorial Research Fellow of the Sustainable Consumption Institute and formerly Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester, where he was also Vice-President and Dean of Humanities (2004-2010). His research interests are mainly in the field of environmental and resource economics,...

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Title:Sustainable Consumption: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives In Honour of Professor Sir Partha DasguptaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:September 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Dale Southerton and Alistair Ulph: IntroductionPart One: Extensions of the Simple Economists' Model of Consumption2. Partha Dasgupta: Sustainability and the Determinants of Personal Consumption3. Andrew Oswald: The Value to the Environmental Movement of the New Literature on the Economics of Happiness4. Ann Kinzig and Charles Perrings: Consumption, Stability, and Sustainability in Socio-Economic Systems5. Maureen Cropper: How Should Benefits and Costs Be Discounted in an Intergenerational ContextPart Two: Challenging the Assumption that Individual Consumers Always Act Rationally6. Paul Fletcher: The Hungry Brain7. Drazen Prelec: Consuming at the Wrong Rate: Lessons from the Harvard Game8. Geoff Beattie and Laura McGuire: The Psychology of Sustainable Consumption9. Richard Correia and Catarina Roseta-Palma: Behavioural Economics in Water Management: An Overview of Behavioural Economics Applications to Residential Water Demand10. Gerry Stoker: The Politics of Nudge: Dilemmas in Implementing Policies for Sustainable ConsumptionPart Three: Looking Beyond the Individual Consumer: Socio-Cultural Explanations of Consumption11. Frank Trentmann: Past and Present: Historical Perspectives on Inequality and Collective Provision in Modern Consumption12. Alan Warde: Sociology, Consumption, and Habit13. Harold Wilhite: The Body in Consumption: Perspectives from India14. Richard R. Wilk: Consumer Cultures: Past, Present, and Future