Household energy consumption: Community context and the fuelwood transition

Publication Abstract

Link (Macht), Cynthia F., William G. Axinn, and Dirgha J. Ghimire. 2012. "Household energy consumption: Community context and the fuelwood transition." Social Science Research, 41(3): 598-611.

We examine the influence of community context on change over time in households' use of non-wood fuels. Our theoretical framework builds on sociological concepts in order to study energy consumption at the micro-level. The framework emphasizes the importance of nonfamily organizations and services in the local community as determinants of the transition from use of fuelwood to use of alternative fuels. We use multilevel longitudinal data on household fuel choice and community context from rural Nepal to provide empirical tests of our theoretical model. Results reveal that increased exposure to nonfamily organizations in the local community increases the use of alternative fuels. The findings illustrate key features of human impacts on the local environment and motivate greater incorporation of social organization into research on environmental change. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2011.12.007

PMCID: PMC3461177. (Pub Med Central)

Browse | Search | Next

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Davis-Kean discusses Providing Health-informed Education Experiences

Shaefer comments on the impact of social safety net on hunger and poverty during the pandemic.

More News

Highlights

Frey's Social Science Data Analysis Network, SSDAN wins 2020 MERLOT Sociology Classics Award

Doing COVID-19 research? These data tools can help!

More Highlights


Connect with PSC follow PSC on Twitter Like PSC on Facebook