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Whatever happened to the appropriate technology movement in Australia? A preliminary inquiry into the convergence of environmentalism, technology and home

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Davison, AG, Whatever happened to the appropriate technology movement in Australia? A preliminary inquiry into the convergence of environmentalism, technology and home, School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]

Abstract

The Australian alternative technology movement, whose heyday was the late-1970s and early-1980s, has gone largely undocumented by social researchers. This paper sketches out the key features of this movement and considers what may have happened to in the wake of the rise of agendas for sustainable development, and related calls for sustainable production and consumption, in the late-1980s. The ideal of the self-sufficient home at the centre of the alternative technology is contrasted with the presently emerging ideal of the eco-efficient home. It is argued that while many of the domestic technologies advocated by the alternative technology movement are now becoming a common feature of Australian homes, the political objectives of this movement remain substantially unrealised.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:eco efficiency, technology, environmentalism
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Religion and Ethics
Objective Field:Technological Ethics
Author:Davison, AG (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:65547
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-11-22
Last Modified:2010-11-22
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