Intergenerational transmission of environmental household practices among South Korean families: continuity and change

Itay Greenspan, Tally Katz-Gerro, Femida Handy, Sharon Park

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Abstract

We seek to understand how environmentalism is experienced, discussed and transmitted by South Korean families in the context of changing economic and environmental circumstances. Qualitative interviews with three-generation Korean families are used, in a country characterised in the past fifty years by rapid economic changes alongside continuation of traditional collectivistic social structures. We emphasise the family unit as an arena for the transmission of cultural dispositions, routines, habits and practices across generations. Relying on social practice theoretical framing, our findings suggest that in a mix of continuity and change, family routines are translated into complementing centripetal and centrifugal forces to encompass four themes: transmission processes, routinising of cultural habits, top-down intergenerational transmission with shifting motivations, and top-down intergenerational transmission with declining involvement. We discuss these findings in light of the theoretical heuristic of environmental habitus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-125
Number of pages25
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Societies
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the US–Israel Binational Science Foundation, grant number 2014080. It also received partial support from the Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania,and an invitation from KyungHee University that facilitated the pilot study in Seoul.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the US?Israel Binational Science Foundation, grant number 2014080. It also received partial support from the Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania,and an invitation from KyungHee University that facilitated the pilot study in Seoul.

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Centripetal and centrifugal forces
  • Environmental habitus
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Social practice theory
  • South Korean family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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