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Design, Lifestyles and Sustainability. Aesthetic Consumption in a World of Abundance
Mälardalen University, School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6662-0403
Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership, Stockholm School of Economics.
2005 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 14, no 5, p. 324-336Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper strives for a conceptualization of sustainability, design and contemporary consumption. By sketching out how effective production systems have created an abundance of products, the paper links this development to the aestheticization of society and an increased interest in design. In market economies characterized by profusion, corporations engage in activities filling their offerings with aura, aesthetics, symbols and meaning. In such lands of plenty, conspicuous consumption becomes a thoroughly expressive activity and highly problematic for actors with ambitions to design a sustainable future. Our conclusion is that sustainability must ultimately be seen as intertwined with social processes such as fashion, identity and identity construction.  

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2005. Vol. 14, no 5, p. 324-336
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design and sustainability, lifestyle consumption, aesthetic consumption, sustainable consumption, aestheticization of
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3784DOI: 10.1002/bse.495Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-24944540629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3784DiVA, id: diva2:116448
Available from: 2007-10-22 Created: 2007-10-22 Last updated: 2016-01-11Bibliographically approved

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