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Kristina Diprose, Gill Valentine, Robert Vanderbeck, Chen Liu, and Katie McQuaid

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204735

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204735.001.0001

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Intergenerational Perspectives on Sustainable Consumption

Intergenerational Perspectives on Sustainable Consumption

(p.103) Five Intergenerational Perspectives on Sustainable Consumption
Climate Change, Consumption and Intergenerational Justice

Kristina Diprose

Gill Valentine

Robert M. Vanderbeck

Chen Liu

Katie Mcquaid

Policy Press

This chapter considers how arguments that cast climate change as an intergenerational injustice are complicated by a prevailing belief that younger generations consume more resources and live less sustainably than their elders. It explores urban residents’ narratives of socioeconomic transitions and their perceived impact on contemporary consumption practices, and finds that younger generations are typically blamed for unsustainable consumption. It considers the valorisation of resource conservation through narratives of scarcity and frugality, the influence of social conservative moralising discourses such as “make do and mend” and “qinjian jieyue” (‘being diligent and thrifty’), and the totemic role of waste in making unsustainable consumption visible. These ideas reflect concerns about both environmental and social degradation, attributing climate change to a more general moral decline.

Keywords:   climate change, consumption, sustainable consumption, intergenerational relations, intergenerational value change, thrift, waste

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