Socially responsible consumption: Between social welfare and degrowth

Baranowski, Mariusz and Kopnina, Helen (2022) Socially responsible consumption: Between social welfare and degrowth. Economics & Sociology, 15 (3). pp. 319-335. ISSN 2071-789X

18I_1207_Baranowski_Kopnina.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (751kB) | Preview
Official URL:


The main objective of this study is to characterize socially responsible consumption (SRC) through the lens of social welfare and degrowth proposals. The central research questions are (i) whether SRC can contribute to the realization of the foundations of a degrowth society and (ii) whether SRC fits into the critique of the economic growth paradigm. These are essential questions because SRC is often treated as an “invention” of affluent societies that seek more sophisticated methods of consumption (such as conspicuous, green, and ethical consumption) due to the prevailing cultural system. We challenge this viewpoint by drawing on studies from the intersection of social and environmental sciences. For this purpose, Talcott Parsons’ extended AGIL paradigm is introduced, referred to as AGIL+DE, as is our proposal of nature-based social welfare. Although this study is preliminary, its task is to develop new interpretative possibilities for the sociology of degrowth and innovative approaches to consumption in particular. The results suggest a change of approach in the study of the consumption phenomenon from the side of redefined social welfare, with a focus on moderate (SRC) and more radical (degrowth) solutions respecting the environmental impact. This change of approach to consumption requires rethinking and incorporating new empirical indicators.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Mariusz Baranowski’s contribution to this article was supported by a grant from the National Science Centre, Poland (no. 2021/05/X/HS6/00067).
Uncontrolled Keywords: AGIL+DE paradigm, degrowth, nature-based social welfare, social welfare, Socially Responsible Consumption
Subjects: L100 Economics
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 11:49
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 12:01

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics