The Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle: Simple or Complicated?

Hana Librová
2008 Czech Sociological Review  
Simplicity is generally considered an important characteristic of the environmentally friendly lifestyle. This article questions this tenet. Nine dimensions of simplicity are proposed: non-ownership, lack of power, aesthetics, behaviour, naturalness, freedom of movement, the sedentary life/faithfulness to a place, education, and living lightly. Using these categories, the question is asked whether the cultural stereotype of simplicity corresponds to reality. The images of the environmentally
more » ... environmentally friendly lifestyles are analysed from an everyday perspective, including radical forms of self-suffi ciency. The result is a conclusion contrary to the common belief: while the life of the typical consumerist is simple, the life of environmental virtue is complex. This fi nding directs attention to one part of N. Elias' sociological theory, which understands the civilisation process as the replacement of simple behaviour with complex rituals.
doi:10.13060/00380288.2008.44.6.03 fatcat:aaer34nktrfcdcmixvpxjuhrti