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Nice Save: The Moral Economies of Recycling in England and Sweden

Wheeler, Kathryn (2014) 'Nice Save: The Moral Economies of Recycling in England and Sweden.' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32 (4). 704 - 720. ISSN 0263-7758

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Abstract

My aim in this paper is to develop the concept of moral economy by exploring how moral principles intertwine and interact with forms of economic organisation. Through applying a holistic moral-economy framework, this paper explores institutional variations in the moral economies of recycling, paying attention to those lay normativities that shape consumers' everyday interactions with their waste. The starting point for this paper comes from the observation that moral messages used to promote recycling differ between Sweden and England. In Sweden the protection and stewardship of the natural environment are key tropes, whereas in England recycling is promoted as an action that saves the environment and public money. I show that the content of these moral messages is closely related to the system of recycling provision within a country, together shaping nationally distinct moral economies of recycling.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: moral economy, recycling, waste
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 16:17
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18606

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