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Title Consumption, status, and sustainability : ecological and anthropological perspectives / edited by Paul Roscoe, University of Maine, Cindy Isenhour, University of Maine
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2021
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  HC79.C6 C6774 2021    AVAILABLE    30520020904331
Descript xii, 349 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Series New directions in sustainability and society
New directions in sustainability and society
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"This volume addresses current concerns about the climate and environmental sustainability by exploring one of the key drivers of contemporary environmental problems: the role of status competition in generating what we consume, and what we throw away, to the detriment of the planet. Across time and space, humans have pursued social status in many different ways - through ritual purity, singing or dancing, child-bearing, bodily deformation, even headhunting. In many of the world's most consumptive societies, however, consumption has become closely tied to how individuals build and communicate status. Given this tight link, people will be reluctant to reduce consumption levels - and environmental impact - and forego their ability to communicate or improve their social standing. Drawing on cross-cultural and archaeological evidence, this book asks how a stronger understanding of the links between status and consumption across time, space, and culture might bend the curve towards a more sustainable future"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects
Consumption (Economics) -- Environmental aspects
Social status
Sustainable development
Alt Author Roscoe, Paul Bernard, 1948- editor
Isenhour, Cindy, editor
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