Journal article

Lay Concepts of Art, Craft, and Manufacture and the Implications for Sustainable Consumption

Madeline Judge, Julian W Fernando, Angela Paladino, Gosia Mikolajczak, Yoshihisa Kashima

Journal of Social Issues | Wiley | Published : 2020


An object's creation history plays an important role in how we perceive, value, and interact with that object, and has consequences for policy on sustainable consumption. Here, we propose that laypeople in industrialized societies have three dominant concepts of how objects can be created: art, craft, and manufacture. These concepts are differentiated by the perceived properties and environmental sustainability of objects, as well as the perceived capabilities of producers. In three experiments, we examined the consequences of framing an object's creation history as art, craft, or manufacture. In general, art and craft objects were valued more highly than manufactured objects, and this effec..

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Awarded by Australian Government through Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

` This research was partially funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. IH120100053 "Unlocking the Food Value Chain: Australian industry transformation for ASEAN markets."