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This study transcends the homogenizing (inter-)national level of argumentation (‘rich’ versus ‘poor’ countries), and instead looks at a sub-national level in two respects: (1) geographically it focuses on the rapidly growing megacity of Hyderabad; (2) in socio-economic terms the urban population is disaggregated by taking a lifestyle typology approach. For the first time, the lifestyle concept – traditionally being used in affluent consumer societies – is applied to a dynamically transforming and socially heterogeneous urban society. Methodically, the author includes India-specific value orientations as well as social practices as markers of social structural differentiation. The study identifies differentials of lifestyle-induced GHG emissions (carbon footprints) and underlines the ambiguity of a purely income based differentiation with regard to the levels of contribution to the climate problem.


Personal Carbon Footprinting lifestyle-based carbon footprint Sustainable consumption Social structure analysis Global South per capita greenhouse gas emissions Lifestyle patterns of Hyderabad Urban lifestyle dynamics Megacity Project Hyderabad

Authors and affiliations

  • Lutz Meyer-Ohlendorf
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  1. 1.Member of the Leibniz AssociationPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)PotsdamGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96669-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96670-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-0698
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-0701
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