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Life(style) Politics

Life(style) politics have emerged as a new form of politics next to the politics we know from the world of voters, parties, and parliaments. According to Anthony Giddens, life politics are about lifestyle choices, about personal identity, about our personal ways of dealing with planetary threats and risks. Life politics concern the morals of everyday life and the “foundational principles” underlying our consumption practices and our lifestyles. They are in particular relevant for analyzing consumption behaviors since they can be shown to refer to our ways of dwelling in a house, taking a holiday, and eating and drinking. As forms of politics, they describe how we, as responsible citizens and as “ethical” consumers, become involved in efforts, projects, and policies to make this world a ...

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