Fashion acolytes or environmental saviours? When will young people have had ‘enough’?
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractIn the global north, high rates of material consumption show few signs of abating, despite oft-repeated warnings of dire social and environmental consequences. Environmental educators have identified young people as a potentially effective group of change agents, capable of driving a transformative shift in how we consume. Yet this picture of the young environmental ‘saviour’ is at odds with many Western young people’s thirst for the ‘latest’ fashions and trends. This chapter explores how young people themselves make sense of this apparent contradiction. Exploring under-researched questions around young people’s conceptualisations of, and affective and embodied responses to, the notion of ‘enough’, it highlights the cultural and contextual factors which could prove decisive in positioning the notion of ‘enough’ centrally in a sustainability-compatible youth material culture.
CitationCollins, R. (2016). Fashion acolytes or environmental saviours? When will young people have had ‘enough’? In M. Ingleby & S. Randalls (Eds.), Just Enough: The history, culture and politics of sufficiency. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
DescriptionCollins, R. (2016) "Fashion acolytes or environmental saviours? When will young people have had ‘enough’?" in Ingleby, M. and S. Randalls (eds.) 'Just Enough: The history, culture and politics of sufficiency', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. Extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: IN PRESS
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