The New Middle Classes

Globalizing Lifestyles, Consumerism and Environmental Concern

Editors: Lange, Hellmuth, Meier, Lars (Eds.)

  • Provides empirical evidence of both commonalities and differences among the new middle classes of different countries
  • Considers evidence of both consumerism and environmental concern
  • Offers conclusions in view of modernization theory and a better understanding of what globalization means in regard to lifestyles and their impact on resource consumption
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The new middle classes of developing countries are held responsible for boosting extremely resource-intensive lifestyles beyond the OECD-world thus thwarting ongoing efforts to attain a more sustainable future. But how homogeneous are their consumption patterns and why should not globalization include the extension of environmental concern, too?

"The New Middle Classes" challenges a narrow understanding of lifestyles and consumption by analyzing the issue not only in terms of attitudes and preferences but of socio-economic features and governmental policies, too.

Original contributions from internationally renowned researchers bring fresh multidisciplinary insights in both theoretical and empirical respect.

"The New Middle Classes" will be of interest mainly to sociologists, political scientists, human geographers, and anthropologists.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Who are the New Middle Classes and why are they Given so Much Public Attention?

    Lange, Hellmuth (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Convergence and Divergence in Societal Modernization: Global trends, Regional Variations, and Some Implications for Sustainability

    Schmidt, Volker H.

    Pages 29-47

  • Consumerist Lifestyles in the Context of Globalization: Investigating Scenarios of Homogenization, Diversification and Hybridization

    Kuhn, Katina

    Pages 49-64

  • Who are the Globalizers? The Role of Education and Educational Elites

    Mau, Steffen

    Pages 65-79

  • Provider Strategies and the Greening of Consumption Practices: Exploring the Role of Companies in Sustainable Consumption

    Spaargaren, G. (et al.)

    Pages 81-100

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eBook $189.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8224-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Middle Classes
Book Subtitle
Globalizing Lifestyles, Consumerism and Environmental Concern
Editors
  • Hellmuth Lange
  • Lars Meier
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9938-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9938-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9937-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8224-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 306
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