Politics and policies of consumption and care

We are interested in political aspects of consumption and care. This research line centres around two key questions.

What are political implications of and for consumption and livelihoods practices?

The ethics of care and politics consumption become apparent in discussions on consumerism, a term that coins sociological critique of an ideology underscoring the acquisition of commodities and services. We are interested policy designs and how do they unfold in the everyday life of consumers and in households. Practices of consumption and care are not only located in the household but extend to systems of provision, including stakeholders in governance, supply networks and beyond.

To what extent are consumption practices political?

Consumption and care is inasmuch political they relate to moral justifications and conceptions of the “good”. Everyday household practices in informal and routine settings are then to the extent political when these practices aim for a change, for instance in lifestyle politics and related lifestyle movements. Interesting aspects of such movements are the role of (bio-)power and empowerment with regard to change. The question is how sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing can be created from a bottom-up perspective.