Narrative : an ontology, epistemology and methodology for pro-environmental psychology research

Brown, P 2017, 'Narrative : an ontology, epistemology and methodology for pro-environmental psychology research' , Energy Research & Social Science .

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Abstract

The actions of individuals are recognised as crucial in reducing energy demand and shifting people towards sustainable energy sources. Much of the work has occurred within environmental psychology and has been built upon a social cognitive paradigm which attempts to explain the drives, forces and processes which explain and determine individual behaviour. Despite the volume of this work the promotion of pro-environmental behaviour has not achieved broad transformations in energy conservation behaviours. Recently researchers working in the field of pro-environmental research have started to draw on narrative in their work as a framework to (re)integrate the individual into their historical, social and cultural settings. However, this work when applied to energy conservation remains in its infancy. This paper adds to the growing literature which is increasingly asserting the key role for narrative in the field of pro-environmental psychology research. The paper articulates the foundations of the narrative turn from its development within literary theory to its adoption by the social sciences, with particular reference to psychological theory. This paper provides a review of the ways in which taking a narrative perspective can offer rich insights into complex phenomena as well as potential ways to reconceptualise ways forward for energy research.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Energy Research & Social Science
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2214-6296
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2017 11:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42602

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