Incomegetting and Environmental Degradation

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Ollinaho , O & Arponen , V P J 2020 , ' Incomegetting and Environmental Degradation ' , Sustainability , vol. 12 , no. 10 , 4007 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104007

Title: Incomegetting and Environmental Degradation
Author: Ollinaho, Ossi; Arponen, V. P. J.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Global Development Studies
Date: 2020-05-14
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317040
Abstract: Drawing on Alfred Schütz’s thought, as well as on a number of modern pragmatists and practice theorists, we theorize incomegetting—referring to practices of getting income, typically salaried work—as the paramount structurer of everyday life and, therefore, also the chief mediator of the human–nature metabolism. Even though the pragmatics of everyday life as an aggregate underlie the bulk of environmental impacts, these insidious impacts impose little immediate influence on everyday life, in particular in the urban Global North. In other words, the pragmatic dimension of everyday activities—principally, work—that takes place within a vastly complex and globally interlinked productive world system, has most often no immediate connection to the “natural” environment. While parts of the populations are directly dependent in terms of livelihoods on the “natural” environment, these populations are typically pushed to the margins of the global productive system. The understanding formulated in this essay suggests that in environmental social sciences there is a reason to shift the epicenter of the analysis from consumption to everyday life, to the varied practices of incomegetting. Against the backdrop of this paper, universal basic income schemes ought to have radical impacts on the way we relate also to the “natural” environment and such schemes necessitate understanding the essence of money in our contemporary realities.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
611 Philosophy
517 Political science
5203 Global Development Studies
incomegetting
work
life-world
environmental change
relevance
cumulative socio-material change
universal basic income
money
SOCIOECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
POLITICAL-ECONOMY
CLIMATE-CHANGE
CRITIQUE
CONCEPTION
METABOLISM
GOVERNANCE
KNOWLEDGE
DEGROWTH
HISTORY
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