Rethinking Energy Efficiency: The Role of Sociology in Illuminating Humane Dimensions
Since inception sociology has investigated the societal impact of complex interplays between utilization & exploitation of natural resources, development & transition of technologies generating and distributing energy in economic (mostly industrial) and social systems. Issues related to resource depletion, climate change, national security or energy consumption at large is viewed as mote scientific rather than social issue. For devising any effective policy interventions. It is important to grasp that energy consumption does not happen is Isolation.
Energy consumption by individuals or communities can be viewed social activity. Sociologically perceiving energy consumption opens a set of questions linked with its social dynamics and social organization of energy-conserving practices. An effort is made to bring together scattered studies that aim to explore nuances involved in exploring sociological linkages (along with related issues) that impact energy behaviour, energy conversation knowledge & practices. The study attempts to enquire social dynamics & social organization of energy conserving practices and social change as sociologically driven debate can suggest policy gaps related to humane dimensions of energy efficiency. This Inquiry allows to identify and explore alternate viewpoints for understanding socio-technological changes concerned with energy policy framing/interventions, Sociology presents promising grounds for contributing to energy' and climate policy. Instead of following conventional advisor's role, sociological investigation in this domain opens up avenues for further critical research stances.
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