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Political consumerism is turning the market into a site for politics and ethics. It is consumer choice of producers and products on the basis of attitudes and values of personal and family well-being as well as ethical or political assessment of business and government practice. In the face of economic globalization and a regulatory vacuum, consumers increasingly take responsibility in their own hands, making the market an important venue for political action through their decisions of what to purchase. This book opens the readers' eyes to a new way of viewing everyday consumer choices and the role of the market in our lives, illuminating the broader theoretical and historical context of concerns about sweatshops, responsible coffee, and ethical and free trade. Contemporary forms of political consumerism - boycotts, labelling schemes, stewardship certification, socially responsible investing, etc. - are described and evaluated. Individual actions are shown to be important in the complexity of globalization.

Political virtue and shopping - Michele Micheletti

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Title
Political virtue and shopping - individuals, consumerism, and collective action
Author
Michele Micheletti
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100817

Political consumerism is turning the market into a site for politics and ethics. It is consumer choice of producers and products on the basis of attitudes and values of personal and family well-being as well as ethical or political assessment of business and government practice. In the face of economic globalization and a regulatory vacuum, consumers increasingly take responsibility in their own hands, making the market an important venue for political action through their decisions of what to purchase. This book opens the readers' eyes to a new way of viewing everyday consumer choices and the role of the market in our lives, illuminating the broader theoretical and historical context of concerns about sweatshops, responsible coffee, and ethical and free trade. Contemporary forms of political consumerism - boycotts, labelling schemes, stewardship certification, socially responsible investing, etc. - are described and evaluated. Individual actions are shown to be important in the complexity of globalization.

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MICHELE MICHELETTI is Associate Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden.

'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, USA

'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, USA

Type
BOOK
Edition
New Edition
Keyword Index
Consumption (Economics) - Social aspects.|Consumption (Economics) - Political aspects.|Consumption (Economics) - Moral and ethical aspects.|Consumer protection - Citizen participation.|Political participation.|Individualism.|Consumers - Political activity - Sweden - Case studies.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
307

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