Identity is becoming a “contact zone”, an arena in which, “disparate [entities/processes] meet, clash, and grapple with each other” (Pratt, 1992:4)
“ Our identities are to a greater or lesser extent malleable, we change according to whom – and sometimes what – we are with. …move B to another environment and his [identity] will subtly shift in relation to a new interlocuter” (de Botton, 2002:147).
individualization occurs as the contours of industrial society begin to dissolve under the dynamism of its rapid success
individuals begin to dis-embed themselves from conventional identity positions of class, employment and family, and “produce, stage and cobble together” new identities through the course of turbulent and risky practices (1994:13).
“ To those trapped in the stress and ugliness of modern cities, musing about [ecotopia]... pressed all sorts of buttons; visions of nature, nostalgia for a golden past, the simple life, release from the banality of consumer culture. Just the bare idea had a delicious ring to it.” (CAT 1995: 6).
“ For me the CAT thing is about the simplicity side of things really, I know the technology side is fantastic but I like the simplicity and it’s the stripping down to the bare bones in the simplest, greenest way possible way you can… it is doing everything with the smallest impact possible on everything that is around you really for me. Only doing what you have to do and not what you can do” (Verity, CAT Staff Interview).
“ It is much easier if you live here. When I think about the first year and I was living in town there are several things that you don’t have control over. Like if you are renting a place you don’t have control over how the house is heated or how you source your energy. Living here is much easier because in winter the electricity comes from wind turbines and water comes from solar panels and so we are a bit spoilt and I haven’t had to set that up in anyway” (Joanne, CAT Staff Interview).
“ I suppose I probably didn’t think about it as much. I would recycle and do some environmental things and not think about it that much before I came here. It definitely helps having a cause community” (Rob, CAT Staff Interview).
"pathetic, incoherent, scruffy. My nine year old son could have done better. And coffee was revolting!"
“ Brilliant! Well thought out and excellently presented. Love the coffee."
‘ what an interesting place… so many of us know what we should do but we are selfish and lazy’
‘ inspired me to go home and reevaluate my whole lifestyle. We do grow our own fruit and veggies but i now see how much more i can do’
“ I can’t see how you can work here and not live, or at least try to live, in a particular way”
“ We did joke about it [not flying on vacation] but I said ‘I am not stopping going on my holidays!’” (Cal, CAT Staff Interview).
“ I flew to Australia and Thailand, but now I would think about it and if I could go differently I would. Last year I did get the train from here to Paris instead of flying... But this year I have flown twice, once to go skiing and once to Spain...” (Holly, CAT Staff Interview).
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