Telling 'moral tales'? Family narratives of responsible privilege and environmental concern in India and the UK

Boddy, Janet, Phoenix, Ann, Walker, Catherine, Vennam, Uma, Austerberry, Helen and Latha, Madhavi (2016) Telling 'moral tales'? Family narratives of responsible privilege and environmental concern in India and the UK. Families, Relationships and Societies. ISSN 2046-7435

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Abstract

Contemporary discussions of climate change response frequently emphasise individual moral responsibility, but little is known about how environmental messages are taken up or resisted in everyday practices. This paper examines how families negotiate the moral narratives and identity positions associated with environmental responsibility. It focuses on families living in relatively affluent circumstances in England and south-east India to consider the ways in which the families construct their understandings of environment and take up identities as morally responsible. Our analysis focuses on a subsample of case studies involved in the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Family Lives and the Environment study, within the NOVELLA Node, using a multimethod qualitative approach with families of children aged between 12 and 14 years. This paper focuses on interviews with 10 of the 24 families in the sample, all of whom (in both India and the UK) discussed environmental concerns within moral narratives of the responsibilities of relative privilege. Findings highlight the potential of cross-world research to help theorise the complex and economic and cultural specificity of a particular morally charged framing of environmental concern, addressing the (dis)connections between 'moral tales' of responsible privilege and individual and collective accounts of family practices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue on families and the environment
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 11:30
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 16:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63432

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Habitual Practices in everyday family lives: Understanding constructed meanings by mixing methodsG0903ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILR00793