Everyday Household Practice in Alternative Residential Dwellings

Citation data:

The Greening of Everyday Life, Page: 265-280

Publication Year:
2016
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.mtu.edu/social-sciences-fp/133
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758662.003.0017; 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758662.003.0017retrieved
Author(s):
Schelly, Chelsea
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Tags:
alternative technology systems; intentional communities; alternative dwelling technologies; residential solar electric technology; Earthships; household practices; Social and Behavioral Sciences
book chapter description
This interdisciplinary book brings together several conceptual frameworks with a diversity of case studies and examples of efforts to orient everyday material practices toward greater sustainability. It builds upon a variety of influential internal criticisms of dominant strands of contemporary environmentalism in postindustrial societies. These criticisms characterize environmentalism as too reliant upon technocratic policy, its constituency as too white, male, and middle class, its rhetoric and framing as too depressing, its concerns as expressed too abstractly, its solutions too focused on individual consumer choices and the individualization of responsibility. In exploring alternatives, chapter authors utilize conceptual frameworks rooted in environmental justice, new materialism, and social practice theory. The cases and practices include attention to urban biodiversity, infrastructure for stormwater runoff, green home remodeling, household toxicity, community gardens and farmers’ markets, bicycling and automobility, alternative technologies, and more. Chapter authors include both internationally prominent and emerging scholars from anthropology, communication, cultural studies, history, law, philosophy, political science and political theory, public health, sociology, and urban studies.