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Title: Being green in a non-green world : Theories of difference, ecological values, and everyday life
Author: Trujillo, Aurora
ISNI:       0000 0004 2697 8947
Awarding Body: The University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2010
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In the following thesis, I apply theories of difference to analyse the social and infrastructural barriers that individuals committed to living green lives confront in three areas of everyday life - mobility, food and diet, and shopping - in contemporary British society. This shows, first, that the difficulties that greens confront can be seen, not only as something necessary to overcome if more people are to follow a sustainable life, but as an injustice to those who are already leading such lives. And, second, it tests the robustness of this broad school of thought. In order to apply theories of difference to greens I re-define the concepts of identity, social group and culture in anti-essentialist terms, argue against the relevance of the choice/chance distinction, and propose a dialogic and moderately contextualised approach to differentiate between legitimate and illegitimate 'minority' demands. In this way I hope to strengthen theories of difference so that its useful insights can be applied to problems that go beyond those suffered by the groups they are generally occupied with, as well as making them more appealing to theorists from other traditions. Furthermore, I argue that liberalism could benefit from the tools of theories of difference to deal with the conflicts that diversity and difference create. Ultimately, the two most important arguments of the thesis are: first, that ethical and political beliefs, such as those held by greens, can be seen as a basis for the claim of accommodation or as a category that, alongside others, structures society in a way that burdens some more than others; and second, that green lives are being structurally prevented and that there are uncontroversial - affirmative accommodation - as well a more controversial - transformative accommodation - ways to remedy, to a greater or lesser degree, what I define as an unjust situation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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