Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age

Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age

by Caroline Heldman


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Protest Politics in the Marketplace examines how social media has revolutionized the use and effectiveness of consumer activism. In her groundbreaking book, Caroline Heldman emphasizes that consumer activism is a democratizing force that improves political participation, self-governance, and the accountability of corporations and the government. She also investigates the use of these tactics by conservatives.

Heldman analyzes the democratic implications of boycotting, socially responsible investing, social media campaigns, and direct consumer actions, highlighting the ways in which such consumer activism serves as a countervailing force against corporate power in politics. In Protest Politics in the Marketplace, she blends democratic theory with data, historical analysis, and coverage of consumer campaigns for civil rights, environmental conservation, animal rights, gender justice, LGBT rights, and other causes. Using an inter-disciplinary approach applicable to political theorists and sociologists, Americanists, and scholars of business, the environment, and social movements, Heldman considers activism in the marketplace from the Boston Tea Party to the present. In doing so, she provides readers with a clearer understanding of the new, permanent environment of consumer activism in which they operate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501709203
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Caroline Heldman is Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College. She is the coeditor of Rethinking Madame President.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1. A Consumer Revolution?
2. "We Are the 99%"
3. "We Are Not a Mascot"
4. "600,000 Bosses Telling Me What To Do"
5. "Stop Servibng Gay Chickens"
6. "Yes to Jesus Christ, No to JC"
7. Who Rules?

What People are Saying About This

Lawrence B. Glickman

"Protest Politics in the Marketplace is a valuable study of contemporary consumer activism in the United States, one which is more comprehensive than any that I know of. It is an important book."

Mark B. Brown

"Protest Politics in the Marketplace provides an engaging account of a large number of cases of consumer activism, analyzing them with regard to a straightforward set of democratic criteria. Caroline Heldman persuasively demonstrates that consumer activism has become a major component of American politics. This book will be very appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate courses in American government, interest groups, social movements, democratic theory, political sociology, and related fields."

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