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Citizen-Consumers and Evolution: Reducing Environmental Harm through Our Social Motivation

  • Mikael Klintman
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Publication/Series: Palgrave Pivot Series
Document type: Book
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract english

[Based on the publisher's comments:]

This book reflects upon and critiques the potential of citizen-consumer's to alter their natural consuming habits and to 'shop ethically, 'care for the environment' and 'think glocally' so as to reduce environmental harm. Developing a substantial challenge to the existing accepted theories, this book sets out a groundbreaking approach to understanding citizen-consumer behavior, by forging a productive alliance between environmental sociology and evolutionary theory, arguing that is is social motivation rather than rational choice in a traditional sense that is the driving force behind human agency. Recognizing the importance of social motivation is essential as a basis for the advancement of sustainable development and adaptation of the norms and practices of citizen-consumers, markets, and politics.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • environmental sociology
  • environmental problems
  • environment
  • consumers
  • citizens
  • citizen-consumers
  • evolutionary theory
  • sociology
  • evolution
  • sociology of consumption
  • green consumption
  • sociologi


  • LETS 2050
  • Sustainable Store
  • ISBN: 9781137276797
Mikael Klintman
E-mail: mikael [dot] klintman [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se



+46 70 284 55 48

+46 70 284 55 48


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Sociologist with a broad, human scientific interest in social, economic and evolutionary dimensions of environmental and health related problems.

Department of Sociology
Lund University
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