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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice$
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Michael Maniates and John M. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014366

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.001.0001

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Civic Virtue and Sacrifice in a Suburban Nation

Civic Virtue and Sacrifice in a Suburban Nation

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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice

Peter F. Cannavò

The MIT Press

Suburbanization symbolizes the physical achievement of the United States, but at the same time, it is considered to be a threat to the environment. The suburban lifestyle of the United States has been criticized for its problematic nature and environmental impact. The chapter discusses the contextual significance of sacrifice and civic virtue in American suburban life and draws attention to ecological sustainability in the suburban ideals of exclusion, expansion, privatization, and consumption. Humans need to make decisions about lifestyle and consumer behavior for the good of the public and the environment.

Keywords:   suburbanization, lifestyle, sacrifice, civic virtue, ecological sustainability

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