Political Virtue And Shopping

Political Virtue And Shopping

by Michele Micheletti
     
 

The anti-sweatshop movement, campaigns for fair-trade coffee, anti- biotechnology activists, and many others often urge people to engage in political consumerism such as boycotts and "buycotts." Micheletti (political science, Stockholm, Sweden), after comparing historical and contemporary forms of political consumerism, explores the motivations of political consumers… See more details below

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The anti-sweatshop movement, campaigns for fair-trade coffee, anti- biotechnology activists, and many others often urge people to engage in political consumerism such as boycotts and "buycotts." Micheletti (political science, Stockholm, Sweden), after comparing historical and contemporary forms of political consumerism, explores the motivations of political consumers and examines efforts to make governments act as political consumers. She also describes and addresses the main criticisms of political consumerism, most notably the charge that it isn't effective. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"This is a theoretically-sophisticated and empirically-rich examination of the increasingly important phenomenon of political consumerism. Micheletti's book is distinguished by its comparative focus, its social science framework, and its careful analysis of the ways in which the very nature of politics has been challenged and reshaped by consumer activists. I especially like her concept of 'individualized collective action,' which nicely highlights the growing links between consumer behavior and politics. The book concludes with a valuable research agenda for the study of political consumerism. Scholars, politicians, and activists who seek to make sense of the meaning of political consumerism now have an excellent resource. Political Virtue and Shopping will take a prominent place on the bookshelf of 'required readings' in the area of consumer politics."--Lawrence Glickman, University of South Carolina

"This is a solid work of scholarship. It advances an important and novel thesis and situates its analysis both theoretically and empirically."--David Vogel, University of California at Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230255647
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/06/2003
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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