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Going Vegan: The Role(s) of ICT in Vegan Practice Transformation

Information Systems, University of Siegen, 57068 Siegen, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(12), 5184; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125184
Received: 5 June 2020 / Revised: 21 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 25 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Social Ecology and Sustainability)
With the debate on climate change, topics of diet change and the reduction of animal products have become increasingly important in both public and academic discourses. However, sustainable ICT studies have so far focused on individual aspects, in particular investigating the criticized persuasive design approach. We argue for a broader perspective on the role(s) of ICT, one that helps in identifying opportunities to support consumer practice transformation, beyond motivational aspects. Based on retrospective interviews with 16 vegans, we argue to understand practice transformation as co-evolution of practices and ICT artefacts, as this perspective helps to understand how tensions arising from complex entanglements of practices, socio-material contexts, and communities can be resolved. Rather than a motivational process, we observe various roles of ICT artefacts co-evolving with practices: Ranging from initial irritation, to access to information about vegan practices, to the learning of vegan food literacy, to the negotiation of a vegan identity, and vegan norms at the intersection of the ‘odd’ and the ‘norm’. View Full-Text
Keywords: vegan; practice theory; co-evolution; ICT; consumer informatics; sustainability; design vegan; practice theory; co-evolution; ICT; consumer informatics; sustainability; design
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Lawo, D.; Esau, M.; Engelbutzeder, P.; Stevens, G. Going Vegan: The Role(s) of ICT in Vegan Practice Transformation. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5184. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125184

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Lawo D, Esau M, Engelbutzeder P, Stevens G. Going Vegan: The Role(s) of ICT in Vegan Practice Transformation. Sustainability. 2020; 12(12):5184. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125184

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Lawo, Dennis, Margarita Esau, Philip Engelbutzeder, and Gunnar Stevens. 2020. "Going Vegan: The Role(s) of ICT in Vegan Practice Transformation" Sustainability 12, no. 12: 5184. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12125184

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