The habitus of sustainability: daily life consumption practices among green consumers in Turkey

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2018
Bozdoğan, Melike
This thesis examines the influence of habitus of sustainability on consumption patterns and ecologically sustainable transitions of lifestyles of green consumers living in an urban environment in Turkey. This study uses the conceptual framework of the theories of practice by referring to Bourdieús notions of field, habitus, and capital and to Giddenś notion of discursive consciousness. In addition, daily routines and habits are analyzed as part of sustainable consumer behavior through the relationship established between sustainable consumption and theories of practice by Warde. The notions of environmental capital and habitus of sustainability are linked to the middle-class positions and green consumers in this study are considered as middleclass sustainable consumption practitioners. Habitus of sustainability is discussed through daily life practices, consumption patterns and lifestyles. Thus, weak and strong aspects of sustainable consumption practices are determined, and individual and collective dimensions of lifestyle transformation are emphasized. Within this scope, in-depth interviews were conducted with 17 participants living in Istanbul, Ankara, and Eskisehir. Besides, the workshops organized by grassroots initiatives in the area of sustainable consumption were included into the study through use of the participant observation method.

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M. Bozdoğan, “The habitus of sustainability: daily life consumption practices among green consumers in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.