Sociologies of personal relationships and the challenge of climate change

Lynn Jamieson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

The substantive concerns and theoretical insights of sociologies of family, intimate and personal life ought to place this body of work in closer dialogue with environmental sociology over the ‘big issue’ of climate change. However, its research active practitioners typically have a narrower repertoire of engagement with global issues and those who are outside the topic area often miss the value of its contributions. This article discusses common ground between this specialist area and sociologies of environmental issues in unpacking processes of social change through empirically grounded theoretical work. This includes the renewed theoretical emphasis on relationality, empirically based critique of the ‘individualisation thesis’, uses of ‘practice’ to transcend ‘micro’–‘macro’ and ‘social’–‘natural’ divisions, and interest in I/we boundary shifts. More fully recognising the potential of this overlapping territory may help leverage more effective sociological responses to the global challenge of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-236
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Early online date19 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • climate change
  • environment
  • family
  • intimacy
  • personal life
  • sustainability
  • theory


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