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Green consumption : the global rise of eco-chic

Author: Bart A Barendregt; Rivke Jaffe
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
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"Green lifestyles and ethical consumption have become increasingly popular strategies in moving towards environmentally-friendly societies and combating global poverty. Where previously environmentalists saw excess consumption as central to the problem, green consumerism now places consumption at the heart of the solution. However, ethical and sustainable consumption are also important forms of central to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bart A Barendregt; Rivke Jaffe
ISBN: 9780857857149 0857857142 9780857855015 0857855018
OCLC Number: 872956014
Description: xvii, 204 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface / Richard Wilk --
The paradoxes of eco-chic / Bart Barendregt and Rivke Jaffe --
Part One : From production to consumption. Adversaries into Partners? Brand Coca-Cola and the politics of consumer-citizenship / Robert J. Foster ; Peopling the practices of sustainable consumption : eco-chic and the limits to the spaces of intention / Raymond L. Bryant and Michael K. zGoodman ; Global gold connections : ethical consumption and the beauty of bonding artisans / Sabine Luning and Marjo De Theije --
Part II : Spatialities and temporalities. Marketing the mountain : the emergence and consequences of eco-chic practices in the Basque region / Seth Murray and Meredith Welch-Devine ; Green is the new green : eco-aesthetics in Singapore / Chris Hudson ; The caring, committed eco-mom : consumption ideals and lived realities of Toronto mothers / Kate cairns, Kim de Laat, Josée Johnston, and Shyon Baumann --
part III : Bodies and beauty. Afro-chic : beauty, ethics, and "Locks without dread" in Ghana / Anna-Riikka Kauppinen and Rachel Spronk ; Ital chic : Rastafari, resistance, and the politics of consumption in Jamaica / Rivke Jaffe ; Tropical spa culture and the face of new Asian beauty / Bart Barendregt --
Afterword : from eco-chic to eco-smart / Sharon Zukin.
Responsibility: edited by Bart Barendregt and Rivke Jaffe.
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"Green lifestyles and ethical consumption have become increasingly popular strategies in moving towards environmentally-friendly societies and combating global poverty. Where previously environmentalists saw excess consumption as central to the problem, green consumerism now places consumption at the heart of the solution. However, ethical and sustainable consumption are also important forms of central to the creation and maintenance of class distinction. Green Consumption scrutinizes the emergent phenomenon of what this book terms eco-chic: a combination of lifestyle politics, environmentalism, spirituality, beauty and health. Eco-chic as a set of practices works to connects ethical, sustainable and elite consumption. It is increasingly part of the identity kit of certain sections of society, who seek to combine taste and style with care for personal wellness and the environment. This book deals with eco-chic as a set of activities, an ideological framework and a popular marketing strategy, offering a critical examination of its manifestations in both the global North and South. The diverse case studies presented in this book range from Basque sheep cheese production and Ghanaian Afro-chic hairstyles to Asian tropical spa culture and Dutch fair-trade jewellery initiatives. The authors assess the ways in which eco-chic, with its apparent paradox of consumption and idealism, can make a genuine contribution to solving some of the most pressing problems of our time"--

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