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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice

Michael Maniates and John M. Meyer


The idea of sacrifice is the unspoken issue of environmental politics. Politicians, the media, and many environmentalists assume that well-off populations won’t make sacrifices now for future environmental benefits and won’t change their patterns and perceptions of consumption to make ecological room for the world’s three billion or so poor who are eager to improve their standard of living. This book challenges these assumptions, arguing that they limit our policy options, weaken our ability to imagine bold action for change, and blind us to the ways sacrifice already figures in everyday life. ... More

Keywords: human fulfilment, parents, raising children, religious practice, artists, soldiers, policemen, carbon tax, cycling incentives, green consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014366
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Maniates, editor

John M. Meyer, editor