- Studying Political Consumerism
- Political Consumerism in the South African and British Anti-Apartheid Movements: The Historical Role of Consumer Boycott Campaigns
- The Development of Political Consumerism in India: A Historical Perspective
- Protest, Social Movements, and Spaces for Politically Oriented Consumerist Actions—Nationally, Transnationally, and Locally
- Modes of Coordination in Political Consumerist Fields
- A Behavioral Economic Perspective on Political Consumerism
- Political Consumerism and the Social Practice Perspective
- Studying Media within Political Consumerism: Past and Present
- Rejecting and Embracing Brands in Political Consumerism
- Globalization, Governance Gaps, and the Emergence of New Institutions for Political Consumerism
- Conceptualizing Political Consumerism as Part of the Global Value Chain
- Veganism and Plant-Based Eating: Analysis of Interplay between Discursive Strategies and Lifestyle Political Consumerism
- Political Food Consumerism between Mundane Routines and Organizational Alliance-Building
- Utilizing Political Consumerism to Challenge the Twenty-First-Century Fast Fashion Industry
- Toy Consumption as Political: Challenges for Making Dreams Come True
- The Shifting Politics of Sustainable Seafood Consumerism
- Political Consumerism for Sustainable Tourism: A Review
- Political Consumerism in the Oil and Mining Extractive Industries: Possibilities for Sustainability and Social Justice
- Household Appliances and Electronics: Discussing the Relative Absence of Political Consumerism
- Energy Devices and Political Consumerism in Reconfigured Energy Systems
- Political Consumerism in Northwestern Europe: Leading by Example?
- Political Consumerism in Southern Europe
- Political Consumerism in Central and Eastern Europe
- Boycotting and Buycotting in Consumer Cultures: Political Consumerism in North America
- Politicizing Consumption in Latin America
- Tracing Political Consumerism in Africa and the Middle East
- Institutional Changes and Changing Political Consumerism in China
- Facilitating Political Consumerism in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Political Consumerism in Thailand
- Undemocratic Political Consumerism
- “Buy White—Stay Fair”: Racist Political Consumerism in Australian History
- Nationalist Struggles in Europe
- Racialized Political Consumerism in the United States
- Problematic Political Consumerism: Confusions and Moral Dilemmas in Boycott Activism
- Some Dilemmas of Political Consumerism: Class and Ecotourism Practices in the Philippines
- Prohibition, Legalization, and Political Consumerism: Insights from the US and Canadian Cannabis Markets
- The Successes of Political Consumerism as a Social Movement
- Political Consumerism and Corporate Strategy towards Sustainability Standard-Setting: In or Out of Sync?
- From Moral Concerns to Market Values: How Political Consumerism Shapes Markets
- Government Engagement with Political Consumerism
- Mass Consumption and Political Consumerism
- Political Consumerism: Research Challenges and Future Directions
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses the relationship between social movements and political consumerism. Besides traditional consumer organizations that seek to protect customers from corporate abuse (such as unsafe products, predatory lending, or false advertising), political consumer practices have become increasingly employed to achieve diverse political and social goals. Calls to citizens to take action in their role as consumers have been made by social movement organizations of various types, either to build up transnational awareness so as to step up pressure on corporations or to facilitate the purchase of goods/services that meet specific ethical criteria. Along with large-scale boycotting and global fair trade initiatives, market-based actions have entered the repertoire of a number of local grassroots organizations seeking bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, within which the act of shopping moves beyond a form of individuals taking responsibility to become a tool for constructing collective, citizenship-driven alternative styles of provisioning.
Keywords: repertoires of protest, Political Consumerism, social movements, alternative economic networks, Alternative Food Networks, sustainable community movement organizations, New Materialist Political Actions.
Francesca Forno, University of Trento, Italy
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