Technical and economic approaches has been dominating the scientific research in energy consumption and energy savings. This contribution argues, from a social scientific point of view, that energy behaviour cannot be seperated from other types of behaviour and attitudes, that the individuals are not passive objects of social forces but develops coping and learning techniques, and that individual behaviour an attitudes cannot be seperated from the general socio-cultural changes in society. In order to illustrate the value of applying social scientific theory on environmental policy the authors outlines two examples. The first shows that energy research about the relation between lifestyles and energy consumption has to be aware of the change in social groups from stable communities towards partial imagined communities. Rituals and social signals are important means to constitute and maintain such communities. The acceptance or rejection of green consumption is influenced by this social dynamic. The second example attacks the widespread assumption among energy-behaviour researchers and administrators that the only way to change peoples behaviour goes from information to action. Based on psychological and pedagogical theory the example show that it it reasonable to turn the process upside down; starting up with support to action in order to promote a process which - among other things - will motivate the search and use of new informations.
|Title of host publication||Means and strategies to influence energy-related behaviour in Europe|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
|Event||2nd SAVE Conference on Means and Strategies to Influence Energy-Related Behaviour in Europe - Amsterdam, Netherlands|
Duration: 30 Nov 1995 → 1 Dec 1995
|Conference||2nd SAVE Conference on Means and Strategies to Influence Energy-Related Behaviour in Europe|
|Period||30/11/1995 → 01/12/1995|