The Greening of Everyday Life: Challenging Practices, Imagining Possibilities

Hardcover | November 11, 2016

EditorJohn M. Meyer, Jens Kersten

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The Greening of Everyday Life develops a distinctive new way of talking about environmental concerns in post-industrial society. It brings together several conceptual frameworks with a diversity of case studies and practical examples of efforts to orient everyday material practices towardgreater sustainability. The volume builds upon internal criticisms of dominant strands of contemporary environmentalism in post-industrial societies, and develops a new approach which emerges from a number of disciplines, but is unified by a normative concern for the material objects and practicesfamiliar to members of societies in their everyday lives. In exploring alternatives, the chapter authors utilize conceptual frameworks rooted in environmental justice, new materialism, and social practice theory and apply it to the everyday; attention to urban biodiversity, infrastructure for stormwater run-off, green home remodelling, household toxicity, community gardens and farmers markets, bicycling and automobility, alternative technologies, and more.With contributions from leading international and emerging scholars, this volume critically explores specific strategies and actions taken to generate homes, communities, and livelihoods that might be scaled-up to promote more sustainable societies.

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The Greening of Everyday Life develops a distinctive new way of talking about environmental concerns in post-industrial society. It brings together several conceptual frameworks with a diversity of case studies and practical examples of efforts to orient everyday material practices towardgreater sustainability. The volume builds upon ...

John M. Meyer is Professor in the Department of Politics and in the programs on Environmental Studies and Environment and Community at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He is the author, most recently, of Engaging the Everyday: Environmental Social Criticism and the Resonance Dilemma (MIT Press, 2015) and the co-editor...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:November 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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John M. Meyer and Jens Kersten: Introduction: Environmentalism and Everyday LifeI. Concepts and Movements1. David Schlosberg and Romand Coles: The New Environmentalism of Everyday Life: Sustainability, Material Flows, and Movements2. Andrew N. Case: Just Another Brick in the Toilet: 50 Simple Things That You Can Do to Save the Earth and the Riddle of Green Consumer CultureII. Household3. Fiona Allon: The Household as Infrastructure: Porosity, Sustainability and Material Practices of Everyday Environmentalism4. Cecily J. Maller: Homemaking Practices of Provision and Maintenance: Implications for Environmental Action5. Teena Gabrielson: The Everyday Toxicity of the 'Average' North American Home6. Brad Mapes-Martins: Household Maintenance and the Environmental Politics of TendingIII. Infrastructure7. Michael J. Lorr: Greening Lifestyles, Homes, and Urban Infrastructure in Chicago, IL and Jacksonville, FL8. Sayd Randle: At Home in the Watershed: Environmental Imaginaries and Spatial Politics in Los AngelesIV. Biodiversity in Unexpected Spaces9. Shannon K. Orr: Reimagining the Backyard: Implications and Opportunities for Sustainability10. Jens Kersten: Urban Biodiversity: Ambivalences, Concepts, And PoliciesV. Land11. Piers H.G. Stephens: The Tragedy of the Uncommon: Property, Possession, and Belonging in Community Gardens12. Jennifer Meta Robinson: Making the Land Connection: Local-Food Farms and Sustainability of PlaceVI. Mobility13. John M. Meyer: Automobility and Freedom14. Yogi Hale Hendlin: Bicycling and the Politics of RecognitionVII. (Dis)Engagement15. Karen Litfin: Ontologies of Sustainability in Ecovillage Culture: Integrating Ecology, Economics, Community and Consciousness16. Chelsea Schelly: Everyday Household Practice in Alternative Residential Dwellings: The Non-Environmental Motivations for Environmental Behavior