Actor, intermediary, and context: media in home renovation and consumption practice

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Abstract

Home renovations demonstrate the interplay between economic
transactions and cultural values that shape consumption practice and
consumer markets. The academic disciplines of environmental and
social sciences and spheres of environmental policy and practice
have taken interest in renovations because of their implications for
improved environmental outcomes. However, a considerable blind
spot in this work has been an out-of-step, largely one-dimensional, or
peripheral engagement with media. This paper draws on interdisciplinary,
mixed-method empirical research to explore the contribution of
media studies to environmental policy, research, and practice. I
develop a theoretical framework by synthesising across the functions
of (i) actor, (ii) intermediary, and (iii) context to account for the role of
media in the processes of change related to household consumption
and sustainability. The paper concludes with some implications based
on the framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Communication Research and Practice
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 5 Sep 2018

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