Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times

Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814764015
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: Critical Cultural Communication Series
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roopali Mukherjee is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the City University of New York, Queens College, and the author of The Racial Order of Things: Cultural Imaginaries of the Post-Soul Era.

Sarah Banet-Weiser is Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (1999) and Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship (2007), and the co-editor of Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (2007) and Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times (2012), both available from NYU Press.

Table of Contents

Marita Sturken
Introduction: Commodity Activism in Neoliberal Times
Sarah Banet-Weiser and Roopali Mukherjee
Part One: Brand, Culture, Action
1 Brand Me “Activist”
Alison Hearn
2 “Free Self-Esteem Tools?”
Sarah Banet-Weiser
3 Citizen Brand
Laurie Ouellette
4 Good Housekeeping
Jo Littler
Part Two: Celebrity, Commodity, Citizenship
5 Make It Right? Brad Pitt, Post-Katrina Rebuilding, and the Spectacularization of Disaster
Kevin Fox Gotham
6 Diamonds (Are from Sierra Leone):
Roopali Mukherjee
7 Salma Hayek’s Celebrity Activism
Isabel Molina-Guzmán
8 Mother Angelina
Alison Trope
9 “Fair Vanity”
Melissa M. Brough
Part Three: Community, Movements, Politics
10 Civic Fitness
Samantha King
11 Eating for Change
Josée Johnston and Kate Cairns
12 Changing the World One Orgasm at a Time
Lynn Comella
13 Pay-for Culture
John McMurria
14 Feeling Good While Buying Goods
Mari Castañeda
About the Contributors

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From the Publisher

“Commodity activism has a long history but never has its significance been more complex to unravel than today, when the boundaries and direction of political action are unclear, commercial forces mobilize consumers’ values to secure their emotional loyalty, and individual consumers hope their choices mean that ‘something is being done.’ Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser's smart, empirically rich and globally wide-ranging new collection provides us with very welcome coordinates in this difficult terrain.” -Nick Couldry,author of Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics After Neoliberalism

"Commodity Activism is eminently useful. Mukherjee and Banet-Weiser’s collection is animportant intervention into what had become a tired debate about political agency and consumer culture. It is also a very timely anthology, helping us better understand the practices of a current generation ofactivists who recognize that the terrain upon which they struggle is not some idealized land of pure politics outside the influence of consumer culture, but instead, a challenging topography of brands and logos, style and story, celebrity and spectacle." -International Journal of Communication,

"Without doubt this important collection of essays will contribute significantly to the new and growing field of 'critical consumer studies'."-J.R. Mitrano,CHOICE

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