Critiques of consumption

Many of the objections to consumption may be referred to one or another of the concepts and relations depicted in Figure 2.1, which I borrow from Jackson and Michaelis (2003 17),3 with just a few additions. It synthesizes the most widespread conception of the relationships between production, consumption, needs, well-being, society and the environment. As is apparent in the figure, production is supposed to be a response to a demand originating in consumers who seek to maximize their welfare...

New routines a result of a selfreflexive attitude

This research is based on a quantitative survey that was performed in 1998 on a representative sample of about 3,780 households in Belgium, on the one hand this survey is known as the Panel Study of Belgian Households PSBH . On the other hand, this contribution is also based on some fifty in-depth interviews following the method of Kaufmann, 1996 which were conducted from 1997 to 1999, most often with couples, some with persons living alone and others with parents and children. Two scores of...