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Culture of the Slow

Social Deceleration in an Accelerated World

  • Nick Osbaldiston

Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)

About this book


Across the world, there has been a growing dissatisfaction with the tempo of modern life. Described simply as the 'slow phenomenon', this volume explores this new brand of living that entails not simply slowing down but an embracing of alternative activities that promote meaning, thoughtfulness, engagement and authenticity.


Overconsumption Time Slow Movements Fashion Consumerism Sustainability Recession Authenticity Social Change Social Movements Place Speed Alternative Hedonism Regional Culture Critical Theory Downshifting Tantric Practices Creativity Scitovsky consumption culture Nation sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Nick Osbaldiston
    • 1
  1. 1.Monash UniversityAustralia

About the editors

Barnaby B. Barratt, University of Cape Town, South Africa Kim Humphery, RMIT University, Australia Siv Lie, New York University, USA Charles Lindholm, Boston University, USA Angela Ragusa, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia Martin Ryle, University of Sussex, UK Roberta Sassatelli, University of Milan, Italy Juliet B. Schor, Boston College, USA Kate Soper, London Metropolitan University, UK

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