Technology and Pro-Environmental Behavior in Urban Households: How Technologies Mediate Domestic Routines

24 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013

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Elena Chernovich

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: October 9, 2013

Abstract

This paper investigates environmental behavior in Russian households by the analysis of 24 in-depth interviews conducted in typical households of the city of Moscow. Using the STS tools such as ‘script’ and ‘moral agency’ it discovers how technologies shape domestic routines and pro-environmental behavior of their users and how the users shape the resource consumption of technological artifacts. Depending on their environmental values and believes three types of residents are identified: committed environmentalists, occasional environmentalists and non-environmentalists. Each of the group of people appeared to have different agencies in relation to their domestic technologies. Technologies also seem to play different role in shaping moral actions of the three categories of residents.

Keywords: Human-technology relations, environmentalism, domestic routines

JEL Classification: D19, Q01

Suggested Citation

Chernovich, Elena, Technology and Pro-Environmental Behavior in Urban Households: How Technologies Mediate Domestic Routines (October 9, 2013). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 18/STI/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2337951

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