Austerity Ireland, the New Thrift Culture and Sustainable Consumption

Fiona Murphy

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In this article, I discuss whether austerity measures have an impact on individual consumers’ orientations towards sustainability. Through an ethnographic examination of second-hand markets, in particular flea markets and second-hand baby goods markets, I examine whether economic crisis has changed people’s consumption habits in Irish society. While the study of sustainability has a long, interdisciplinary history, little is known about the relationship between austerity and sustainable consumption patterns, particularly in an Irish context. Thus, this study questions whether reduced spending and consumption patterns may serve the interests of sustainability politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalJournal of Business Anthropology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2017


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