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Unstable Identities: Stable Unsustainability
Stockholm School of Economics.
Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6662-0403
2010 (English)In: Sustainable Development, ISSN 0968-0802, E-ISSN 1099-1719, Vol. 18, no 3, 119-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The identity concept has emerged as a key analytical concept in the social sciences in the past decades. In both scientifi c accounts and everyday use, the identity concept has tradi- tionally been seen as something that individuals possess. This view has however been heavily criticized by a social identity strand of social science, where identity is a matter of a negotiation where different social roles are learned in relations with others. The relational view of identities creates some serious problems for the sustainability challenge. In a world of relational identities, individuals are engaged in identity-creating interactions every day. Key problems are that the interactions, in urban environments, are highly commercialized; consumption cues are emotionally based and speak to our senses, and outnumber the competing cues several times over. Sustainable lifestyles are thus very fragile.

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Wiley InterScience , 2010. Vol. 18, no 3, 119-122 p.
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identity; relational identities; unsustainability; lifestyle
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29851DOI: 10.1002/sd.459ISI: 000279326000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77953010927OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-29851DiVA: diva2:920286
Available from: 2010-06-03 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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