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Voluntary simplicity.

McDonald, Seonaidh


Seonaidh McDonald


Martin Parker

George Cheney

Valérie 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.

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


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