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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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Freedom, Values, and Sacrifice

Freedom, Values, and Sacrifice

Overcoming Obstacles to Environmentally Sustainable Behavior

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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice

Cheryl Hall

The MIT Press

Sacrifice is never easy or practiced willingly, even in the context of limited freedom. This chapter focuses on identifying the intricate association between sacrifice and freedom or agency, and explores unidentified, false, and hard sacrifices. It also discusses the obstacles involved in abstaining from material gratification for the sake of longer-term, bigger-picture values. Freedom in sacrifice can help achieve the goal of environmental sustainability. It is argued that sustaining sacrifice is often not recognized as sacrifice until it is regarded retrospectively. The chapter reflects on the concept of sacrifice and explains that acts of sacrifice are an expression of value.

Keywords:   sacrifice, freedom, agency, material gratification, values

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