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10 - The Higher Monkey Climb

Shame as a Tool in Seeking a Sustainable World

from Part IV - Bending the Curve

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 July 2021

Paul Roscoe
University of Maine
Cindy Isenhour
University of Maine
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Rich countries and their elites emit most of the greenhouse gases responsible for global climate change. Why should the poor and middle classes cut their emissions while privileged elites continue their irresponsible behavior toward the common good? This chapter draws on economic anthropology and treats the atmosphere as common property, suggesting some ways of controlling the free riding of the super wealthy.

Consumption, Status, and Sustainability
Ecological and Anthropological Perspectives
, pp. 249 - 271
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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