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The Disparate Roots of Voluntary Modesty



Year of publication 1999
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Environmental values
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Sociology, demography
Keywords voluntary modesty; international sociological comparation
Description The effective solution of environmental problems calls changes in levels of consumption. Sociologists have described moderation in households of high socio-economic status in affluent countries, and also a type of modesty which cannot be a response to the experience of abundance. However, its essence is not the way of life of a traditional community. Sustainable living based on selfrestraint could be considered to be a symptom of the summit of cultural evolution to date. Nevertheless, historical experience warns us against making too much of contemporary cases of moderation.
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