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Voluntary simplicity.

McDonald, Seonaidh


Seonaidh McDonald


Martin Parker

George Cheney

Val�rie Fournier

Chris Land


Etzioni describes voluntary simplifiers (VS) as people who choose, 'out of free will - rather than by being coerced by poverty, government austerity programs, or being imprisoned - to limit expenditures on consumer goods and services, and to cultivate non-materialistic sources of satisfaction and meaning' (1998:620). Although there are many different definitions of voluntary simplicity (Johnston & Burton, 2003), this definition is useful because it includes the three major elements that set this movement apart from others: free will; limiting consumerism; and alternative sources of satisfaction.


MCDONALD, S. 2013. Voluntary simplicity. In Parker, M., Cheney, G., Fournier, V. and Land, C. (eds.) The Routledge companion to alternative organization. Abingdon: Routledge, chapter 14, pages 210-235.

Publication Date Dec 17, 2013
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2016
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 210-235
Book Title The Routledge companion to alternative organization
Chapter Number Chapter 14
ISBN 9780415782265
Keywords Voluntary simplicity; Consumer lifestyles; Austerity
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