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Political consumerism: global responsibility in action
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Political Consumerism captures the creative ways in which citizens, consumers, and political activists use the market as their arena for politics. This book theorizes, describes, analyzes, compares, and evaluates the phenomenon of political consumerism and how it attempts to use market choice to solve complex globalized problems. It investigates theoretically and empirically how and why consumers practice citizenship and have become important political actors. Dietlind Stolle and Michele Micheletti describe consumers' engagement as an example of individualized responsibility taking, examining how political consumerism nudges and pressures corporations to change their production practices, and how consumers emerge as a force in global affairs. Unlike other studies, it also evaluates if and how consumer actions become effective mechanisms of global change. Stolle and Micheletti offer a candid discussion of the limitations of political consumerism as a form of participation and as a problem-solving mechanism.

  • Provides a comprehensive comparative analysis of political consumerism
  • Uses multiple unique empirical materials to study political consumerism theoretically and empirically at the individual, group and cross-national levels
  • Introduces the concept of individualized responsibility-taking
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 1. , 379 p.
Keyword [en]
ndividualized responsibility taking, market as arena for politics, boycotts, buycotts, discursive political consumerism, lifestyle political consumerism, civil society's role, political participation, comparisons, political effectiveness
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94716ISBN: 9781107010093OAI: diva2:654923
Different projects financed by the Swedish Council of Research
Available from: 2013-10-09 Created: 2013-10-09 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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