Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience
The Social Organization of Normality
By (author) Elizabeth Shove
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Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience by Elizabeth Shove
Book DescriptionOver the past few generations, expectations of comfort, cleanliness and convenience have altered radically, but these dramatic changes have largely gone unnoticed. This intriguing book brings together the sociology of consumption and technology to investigate the evolution of these changes, as well the social meaning of the practices themselves. Homes, offices, domestic appliances and clothes play a crucial role in our lives, but not many of us question exactly how and why we perform so many daily rituals associated with them. Showers, heating, air-conditioning and clothes washing are simply accepted as part of our normal, everyday lives, but clearly this was not always the case. When did the daily shower become de rigueur? What effect has air conditioning had on the siesta at one time an integral part of Mediterranean life and culture? This book interrogates the meaning and supposed normality of these practices and draws disturbing conclusions. There is clear evidence supporting the view that routine consumption is controlled by conceptions of normality and profoundly shaped by cultural and economic forces. Shove maintains that habits are not just changing, but are changing in ways that imply escalating and standardizing patterns of consumption. This shrewd and engrossing analysis shows just how far the social meanings and practices of comfort, cleanliness and convenience have eluded us.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859736302
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elizabeth Shove
Comfort in a Lower Carbon Society, Paperback (August 2013)
Historians, sociologists, environmentalists, geographers, and cultural theorists provoke and stimulate debate about the future of comfort in a lower carbon society. This book discusses this topic.
Dynamics of Social Practice, Paperback (May 2012)
A Clever, innovative book which makes an important contribution to social theory and social policy. An effective introduction it covers core themes and demonstrates exactly how our everyday life is defined by the rise, change and collapse of social practices.
Infrastructures of Consumption, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Elizabeth Shove
For many years, a uniform and uncontested picture of utility system organization has endured across Europe. This book examines the environmental restructuring of consumption and provision in energy, water and waste systems. It challenges contemporary conceptualizations of consumers as the autonomous drivers of environmental change.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Shove
Elizabeth Shove is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University.
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