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Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability

An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK

Everyday Temporalities of Digital Media Usage

Authors: Moroşanu, Roxana

  • Bridges engineering, practice theory, ethnography, and the sociology of time
  • Explores domestic energy demand through ethnographic research with families in the United Kingdom
  • Probes everyday approaches to time and how they extend ethical imaginations, create new forms of sociality, and engender human agency
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About this book

This book challenges the ways we think about human agency by looking at the creativity, ethics, and capacities for social transformation that are embedded in simple actions of “doing”. Stemming from ethnographic research with families in the United Kingdom as part of a wider interdisciplinary project looking at domestic energy demand, this book probes some mundane approaches to time—such as spontaneity, anticipation, and “family time”—and the ways in which they extend ethical imaginations, create new forms of sociality, and engender human agency.

About the authors

Roxana Moroşanu Firth is a social anthropologist working in the fields of computing, sustainability and innovation. She is a Research Associate at the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, UK, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Design Studies, The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology.

Reviews

“This lively, vigorously written account shows just how humdrum actions can be made to yield unexpected insights. If we think energy-saving interventions cannot be rendered sympathetic to the patterns people value, this book suggests we think again. It also invites the anthropologist to think again about research design. Remarkably, the author invented a repertoire of interactions through which she extended the research participants’ means of expression, and simultaneously transformed the potential of her own questions.” (Marilyn Strathern, Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK)

“Authoritative, engaging and highly relevant, this impressive interdisciplinary synthesis spans engineering, practice theory, ethnography, and the sociology of time. Well-grounded in empirical research, it offers a refreshingly innovative take on the too-often neglected topic of energy efficiency. Many useful insights emerge on how global imperatives for transformation can be addressed in everyday practices of domestic lives. The result is a significant practical and conceptual contribution in a crucial area of current politics and policy.” (Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex, UK)

“Moroşanu’s book offers lively reflections on ethics, sociality, and time as British families adapt to digital media and energy transition.” (Dominic Boyer, Professor and Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Rice University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Time We Have–The Time We Make

    Moroşanu, Roxana

    Pages 1-18

  • How the Light Gets In: A Theoretical Framework for “Ordinary Agency”

    Moroşanu, Roxana

    Pages 19-43

  • Encountering Middleborough: Impressions, Methods, and Tacit Knowledge

    Moroşanu, Roxana

    Pages 45-71

  • Meeting the Families

    Moroşanu, Roxana

    Pages 73-86

  • Spontaneity

    Moroşanu, Roxana

    Pages 87-110

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59341-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59340-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £71.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: October 29, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-349-93474-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK
Book Subtitle
Everyday Temporalities of Digital Media Usage
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59341-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59341-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59340-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-93474-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 199
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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