1950s Syndrome and Danish Energy Consumption and Production

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Abstract

From mid 1950s to the early 1970s, Danish society went through drastic changes, and this period has been called the prolonged 1950s. From the post-war shortage society emerged a growth, consumer, and welfare society. Two decades of economic growth with the highest growth rates ever, fuelled by cheap oil deliveries from the Middle East. Growth was a lever for progress and a new lifestyle: cars, single-family houses in suburbs, consumer goods, travels, and use-and-throw-away attitudes. Consumptive ways of living were democratized through price reductions, redistribution, and trickle-down effects. At the end of the period environmental critique emerged of overconsumption – pollution, problematic new technologies, waste problems, and future resource shortage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthics in Danish Energy Policy
Number of pages15
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2 Apr 2020
Pages39-51
Chapter3
ISBN (Print)9780367441333
ISBN (Electronic)9781003008705
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020
SeriesRoutledge studies in energy policy
Volume8

Keywords

  • 1950s syndrome
  • environmental history
  • Energy transition

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