|About the book|
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. They are part of the expanding field of 'radical consumption' in a world where we are encouraged to shop for change.
But just how radical are these forms of consumption? This book offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining contemporary radical consumption, analyzing its possibilities and problems, moralities, methods of mediation and its connections to wider cultural formations of production and politics.
Jo Littler argues that we require a more expansive vocabulary and to open up new approaches of enquiry in order to understand the area's many contradictions, strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on a number of contemporary theories, terms and debates in media and cultural studies, she uses a range of specific case studies to bring theory to life.
By analysing practices of radical consumption, the book explores a number of key questions:
|About the author|
Jo Littler is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, UK.
|Table of contents|
1 Sanctimonious shopping? Ethical consumption as a `crisis of moralism'
2 Cosmopolitanism caring: Globalisation, charity and the activist-consumer
3 Greenwash, Whitewash, Hogwash? CSR and the media management of consumer concern
4 Interior economies: Anti-consumer activism and the limits of reflexivity
5 Ecologies of green consumption