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Hardcover | ISBN: 9780262042468 | 336 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 2008
 
Paperback | $15.95 Trade | £10.95 | ISBN: 9780262514927 | 336 pp. | 6 x 9 in | September 2010
 

Essential Info

The Shadows of Consumption

Consequences for the Global Environment

Overview

An environmentalist maps the hidden costs of overconsumption in a globalized world by tracing the environmental consequences of five commodities.

About the Authors

Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of the award-winning The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press) and other books.

Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of the award-winning The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press) and other books.

Reviews

"Dauvergne's brilliant investigation will show you the 'other side' of the coin and that we must all incorporate a deeper awareness and take the 'long view' into our efforts to make a positive difference for human well-being near and far – immediately in your neighborhood and incrementally on the other side of the planet." Scott D. Wright Human Ecology Review"—

Endorsements

“In The Shadows of Consumption, Peter Dauvergne tackles the often hidden consequences of globalization and consumption for the environment and for human health and well-being. He demonstrates how the worst of these consequences are displaced, often to the most marginalized sectors of global society, and discusses ways to cast light into the shadows of global economic development. This book will be essential reading for students and scholars, indeed anyone interested in understanding more about globalization and its impacts.”--Katherine M. O'Neill, College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley"—

"The ecological and social consequences of modern patterns of consumption are often overlooked, under-estimated, and poorly theorized. Engaging, convincing, and nuanced, Peter Dauvergne’s book masterfully excavates and politicizes the shadows of consumption that modern life casts, from the consumption of beef to the use of cars and fridges. Wide-ranging and superbly written, this book is sure to be widely read."--Peter Newell, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia"—Peter Newell

"The ecological and social consequences of modern patterns of consumption are often overlooked, underestimated, and poorly theorized. Engaging, convincing, and nuanced, Peter Dauvergne's book masterfully excavates and politicizes the shadows of consumption that modern life casts, from the consumption of beef to the use of cars and fridges. Wide-ranging and superbly written, this book is sure to be widely read." Peter Newell , Professor of Development Studies, University of East Anglia"—

Awards

Winner of the 2009 Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology given by the Society for Human Ecology.