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The Disparate Roots of Voluntary Modesty

Hana Librová

Environmental Values 8(1999): 369-380. doi: 10.3197/096327199129341879

The effective solution of environmental problems calls for changes in levels of consumption. Sociologists have described moderation in households of high socio-economic status in affluent countries, and also a type of modesty which cannot be a response to the experience of abundance. However, its essence is not the way of life of a traditional community. Sustainable living based on self-restraint could be considered to be a symptom of the summit of cultural evolution to date. Nevertheless, historical experience warns us against making too much of contemporary cases of moderation.

KEYWORDS: voluntary modesty, international sociological comparison

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

On Economization and Ecologization as Civilizing Processes. C. Schmidt

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Ethical Motivations and the Phenomenon of Disappointment in Two Types of Environmental Movements: Neo-Environmentalism and the Dark Mountain Project. Hana Librová and Vojtěch Pelikán

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