Making the City “Second Nature”: Freegan “Dumpster Divers” and the Materiality of Morality1

  title={Making the City “Second Nature”: Freegan “Dumpster Divers” and the Materiality of Morality1},
  author={Alex V. Barnard},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1017 - 1050}
  • A. Barnard
  • Published 1 January 2016
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
How do people maintain deeply held moral identities in a seemingly immoral social environment? Cultural sociologists and social psychologists have focused on how individuals cope with contexts that make acting on moral motivations difficult by building supportive networks and embedding themselves in communities of like-minded people. In this article, however, the author argues that actors can achieve a moral “sense of one’s place” through a habitus that leverages the material dimensions of… 
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