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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Professor Sandra Bell

Bell, S., Judson, E., Bulkeley, H., Powells, G., Capova, K. & Lynch, D. (2015). Sociality and electricity in the United Kingdom: The influence of household dynamics on everyday consumption. Energy Research & Social Science 9: 98-106.

Author(s) from Durham


Our paper investigates household practices that use electricity, their relation to systems of provision and the enactment of domestic sociality. The results of this research conducted in the UK shed light on puzzling variations in electricity consumption across households posed by previous research. We argue for the need to attend to how household socialites influence and are influenced by electrical services and trace the links between these dynamics and the effects of wider cultural and socio-economic forces.