[URBANTH-L]CFP: Globalizing lifestyles between McDonaldization and
sustainability (Bremen, Germany)
jancius at ohio.edu
Fri Apr 27 13:53:47 EDT 2007
From: Lars Meier <lars-meier at web.de>
Please send our call for papers via the Urbanth-L mailing list. The aim of
the workshop "Globalizing lifestyles between McDonaldization and
sustainability perspectives. The case of the "new middle classes" is to
discuss the globalization of consumerist lifestyles in newly industrialised
countries under a sustainability perspective. It would be great if you could
spread the following text.
Many thanks for your help.
On behalf of Prof. Hellmuth Lange
University of Bremen
Call for papers
International Workshop:"Globalizing lifestyles between McDonaldization and
sustainability perspectives": The case of the new middle classes
4.-5. October 2007, University of Bremen, ARTEC Institute
The world-wide spread of extremely resource-intensive lifestyles is one of
the most important challenges on the way towards a more sustainable future.
Despite the epochal dimensions of this challenge, there is not only a dearth
of sustainable policy concepts, but also a lack of socio-scientific
approaches which come anywhere near an adequate analysis of the issues at
hand. In particular, it is still an open question whether and, if so, under
what conditions lifestyles really are becoming globalised and how this can
be politically influenced in a sustainability perspective.
It is from such a perspective that the symposium aims to contribute to the
international research debate on consumption and sustainability. The main
focus lies on the globalisation of lifestyles and on related consumption
To come to a more comprehensive understanding of the issue, pertinent
inquiries and findings from other fields of research will be reviewed in the
workshop. These include the socio-economic characteristics exhibited by the
promoters of specific consumption patterns (new middle classes), the
infrastructures and political frameworks impacting on consumption patterns
(systems of provision and transition management) and societal
modernisation as a framework of socio-cultural homogenisation and/or of
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the globalisation of lifestyles and of
related consumption patterns from different academic perspectives. Here we
intend to promote the discussion between strands of thinking that seem to be
rather unconnected up to now. Such a combination of multidisciplinary
analytical perspectives is expected to give rise to new empirical and
theoretical perspectives on consumption patterns and globalisation. Thus,
the workshop is to provide a contribution to the research on sustainable
consumption with a view to the level of global challenges and change
processes, both from a theoretical and empirical perspective.
The objective is:
- to contribute to a conceptual framework in which the relation between
sustainability and consumption is analysed under the conditions of
globalisation with a reasonable of social-scientific complexity.
- to enhance the scientific discussion about sustainability and consumption
by relating current research on societal change in a globalised world with
research on sustainable consumption.
The workshop is structured in four panels:
- The characteristics and the development of the new middle classes
- The importance and the dynamics of lifestyles in these milieus
- The impact of systems of provision and of governance systems
- Convergence and divergence of societal paths of modernisation
Abstracts from a wide variety of disciplines are welcome. These include
sociology, geography, economy, political science and anthropology. The
conference language is English. We are planning to publish the outcome as an
edited volume. Travel expenses will be covered.
We appreciate a 700-word abstracts by June 15, 2007, as a Word or Rich Text
Andrea Meier, email: ameier at artec.uni-bremen.de
The abstracts should touch the methodological background, the empirical
basis and the panel which fits to your presentation. Please add a short CV
including your current scientific work focus.
Professor - Sociologist
artec | Research Center for Sustainability Studies
University of Bremen
Enrique Schmidt-Strasse 7
28359 Bremen (Germany)
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