Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Engle, Karen (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology)

Keywords

Public and Social Welfare.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis explores green consumerism and how it is used within the current practices of corporate and governmental agenda. It also analyzes the role consumerism in Western culture has played in modifying popular environmentalism to become more compatible with free-market liberalization. Through an analysis of international environmental organizations, as well as contemporary cases of green consumerism it is argued that many environmental concerns are themselves becoming commodified due to the inherent and deep seated role consumerism has in Western culture. In conclusion, implications to long term changes to environmental management are discussed as well as the problems inherent with the use of individualized consumption as a method for instilling comprehensive changes to the way our environment is managed.

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