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dc.contributor.authorKurenlahti, Mikko
dc.contributor.authorSalonen, Arto O
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-29T12:25:32Z
dc.date.available2018-08-29T12:25:32Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://erepo.uef.fi/handle/123456789/6869
dc.description.abstractDue to the global challenges that are posed by the Anthropocene and the academic focus on the fragmented state of modernity, we extend an invitation for shared dialogue on the all-pervading nature of consumerism as the seemingly problematic ethos of Western consumer culture. To this end, we outline a way to approach consumerism as an implicit religion, theorized as having adopted functionalities related to explicitly faith-based traditions within secular settings. We suggest that a similar kind of holistic and multidimensional approach might be of great benefit in the implementation of sustainability, as this would allow, e.g., (i) a more holistic analysis of the all-pervading nature of consumerism; (ii) acknowledgement of the functional diversity of the phenomenon; (iii) recognition of the shallowness of the critique of consumerism as a way of life; and, (iv) shared dialogue across a spectrum of academic perspectives under a unified model. This approach problematizes standard interpretations of consumerism as being about the promotion of the individual against the collective and as leading to a general sense of purposelessness. The perspective of religion reveals how patterns of consumption become illuminated with meaning and connected to a shared way for individuals to articulate a sense of purpose in contemporary contexts.
dc.language.isoenglanti
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSustainability
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su10072454
dc.rightsCC BY http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectreligion
dc.subjectsecular
dc.subjectconsumerism
dc.subjectconsumer culture
dc.subjectconsumption
dc.subjectsustainability education
dc.subjectsustainable development
dc.subjectAnthropocene
dc.subjectimplicit religion
dc.subjectsocial change
dc.subjectdigitalization
dc.titleRethinking consumerism from the perspective of religion
dc.description.versionpublished version
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Social Sciences, activities
uef.solecris.id56452979en
dc.type.publicationTieteelliset aikakauslehtiartikkelit
dc.rights.accessrights© Authors
dc.relation.doi10.3390/su10072454
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerReviewed
dc.relation.articlenumber2454
dc.relation.issn2071-1050
dc.relation.issue7
dc.relation.volume10
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccess
dc.type.okmA1
uef.solecris.openaccessOpen access -julkaisukanavassa ilmestynyt julkaisu


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