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Motivations for Greener Living: Lessons from a South African Eco-Village
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

By means of a case study of a small, socially mixed, and ecologically oriented community in South Africa, known as the Lynedoch Eco-Village, this thesis sets out to identify motivations of people from different socio-economic backgrounds for joining such a community, and as a result live a more sustainable life. The case was studied during a minor field study (MFS) in the South African spring of 2015, during which sixteen eco-villagers were interviewed. The study discovers a wide range of motives reported by the respondents; some motives stemming from materialistic concerns and others being of a more idealistic nature. The socio-economic comparison of the respondents´ accounts is analysed using post-material theory and, interestingly, some accounts directly contradict the accounts that this influential theory would predict, with respondents from a lower socio-economic background reporting highly idealistic motives and views.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
Post-materialism, eco-village, green living, Lynedoch Eco-Village, transition initiative
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279891OAI: diva2:909252
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Political Science
Educational program
Freestanding course
Available from: 2016-03-08 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved

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