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Radical consumption
shopping for change in contemporary culture
VerfasserIn: Littler, Jo
Verfasserangabe: Jo Littler
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: Maidenhead, Open University Press
Mediengruppe: Buch
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The increasingly conspicuous problems of contemporary consumerism (particularly social exploitation and environmental destruction) combined with the ever-expanding niche markets of neoliberal consumer capitalism have led, in recent years, to a skein of 'alternative' consumer practices. Ethical consumption, fair trade, consumer protests, brand backlashes, green goods, boycotts and downshifting: these are all now familiar consumer activities - and in some cases, are almost mainstream. This book suggests we can understand this phenomenon as an expanding field of 'radical consumption': for this is a world in which we are increasingly encouraged to shop for change. By examining their practices, precedents and politics, this book asks: just how radical are these forms of 'radical consumption'? It argues that we need a more expansive vocabulary and to open up approaches of enquiry in order to understand the area's many contradictions, strengths and weaknesses."Radical Consumption" therefore draws on a number of contemporary theories, terms and debates in media and cultural studies, including cosmopolitanism, reflexivity, cultural economies and ethics. By doing so, it raises a number of questions, including: Is ethical consumption merely a sop for the middle classes? Can such forms of consumption ever move beyond their niche market status to become an effective political force? Should we understand corporate social responsibility as a form of consumer-oriented greenwash? And can we really buy our way to a better, more equitable or sustainable future? "Radical Consumption" takes a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to examining contemporary radical consumption, analysing its possibilities and problems, mobile moralities, methods of mediation and its connections to wider cultural formations of production and politics.
VerfasserIn: Littler, Jo
VerfasserInnenangabe: Jo Littler
Jahr: 2009
Verlag: Maidenhead, Open University Press
Systematik: GW.AP, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Sprache: Englisch
ISBN: 978-0-33-522152-3
2. ISBN: 0-33-522152-1
Beschreibung: 1. publ., VIII, 146 S.
Schlagwörter: Ethik, Konsumerismus, Umweltverträgliches Produkt, Verbraucherverhalten, Fairer Handel, Globalisierung, Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Kaufverhalten, Nachfrageverhalten, Internationalisierung, Nachhaltigkeit, Konsumentenverhalten, Konsumverhalten, Kundenverhalten, Käuferverhalten <Verbraucherverhalten>, Umweltfreundliches Erzeugnis, Umweltgerechtes Produkt, Umweltschonendes Erzeugnis, Verbraucher / Verhalten, Verbrauchergewohnheiten, Dauerhafte Entwicklung, Fair Trade, Gerechter Handel, Globalisation, Globalization, Langfristige Entwicklung, Sustainable Development, Weltgesellschaft / Internationalisierung, Weltwirtschaft / Internationalisierung, Zukunftsfähige Entwicklung, Bio-Produkt, Bioethik, Doppelte Moral, Produkt, Tierethik, Wirtschaftsethik, Wissenschaftsethik, Entwicklungspolitik, Entwicklungstheorie, Transnationalisierung
Sprache: eng
Fußnote: Literaturverz. S.[124]-140
Mediengruppe: Buch