Technology and Pro-Environmental Behavior in Urban Households: How Technologies Mediate Domestic Routines
24 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013
Date Written: October 9, 2013
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
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