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The Power of Community: How Community-Based Organizations Stimulate Sustainable Lifestyles Among Participants

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There has been increasing interest in community responses to sustainability problems in the United Kingdom, following an emerging movement in which community-based organizations attempt to influence their participants' lifestyles. Such initiatives are at home in practice theory, as they implicitly recognize the connections between practices, people, institutions, and places. In this article I present a model of how community-based organizations stimulate sustainable lifestyles among their participants. This model emerged from an empirical study on this phenomenon, and from a reading of the practice theory literature. My work represents a development in the use of practice theory within sustainable consumption, as it looks at an empirical context, that of conscious lifestyle change, which is not usually explored using this theory. In doing so it both extends the potential for application of the theory within sustainable consumption studies, and further characterizes some key concepts within the theory.

Keywords: community; community-based organizations; practice theory; sustainable consumption; sustainable lifestyles

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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