Trajectories towards a voluntary simplicity lifestyle and inner growth

Veronica Devenin, Constanza Bianchi

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Although there is an increase in research on different aspects of voluntary simplicity (VS), there is less understanding of the trajectories that individuals follow when adopting a voluntary simplicity lifestyle, and how transitioning to this lifestyle relates to inner growth. The aim of the paper is to examine the role of inner growth on differentiating voluntary simplicity from other lifestyles. We draw on the framework of resonance by Rosa (2019) Resonance. A sociology of our relationship to the world. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, who claims the need to move from a state of permanent search for material resources, to develop a resonant relationship with the world. Resonance is a way of relating to the world, where individuals and the world mutually affect each other in an interactive way. Seventeen in-depth interviews were held with voluntary simplifiers living in Chile. The findings propose a model that identifies three different trajectories that people follow to achieve a voluntary simplicity lifestyle and the implication for inner growth as a result of more resonant relationships with the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-516
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Consumer Culture
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Chile
  • inner growth
  • lifestyle
  • resonance
  • trajectory
  • voluntary simplicity


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