Coffee activism and the politics of fair trade and ethical consumption in the global north: political consumerism and cultural citizenship

Lekakis, Eleftheria J (2013) Coffee activism and the politics of fair trade and ethical consumption in the global north: political consumerism and cultural citizenship. Consumption and public life . Palgrave, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137282682

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Abstract

In a politically uncertain and distrusted world, citizens appear to be seeking political expression in their everyday lives and quite prominently in their consumption practices. In advanced consumer societies, the politics of consumption have come to the centre stage. This book elaborates on the grounded perceptions, practices and problematizations of the equation of political action and market action. It presents the opportunities and hindrances of alternative forms of partaking in civic life by exploring how coffee activism presents a fruitful opportunity for citizens to participate in political life, how cultural citizenship can offer insights into the operation of everyday politics and how neoliberal narratives are framing discourses of coffee activism. The politics behind products can illuminate global tensions and engage citizens in social justice, but at the same time can confine civic action in the marketplace and anesthetise political action.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1249 Relation to other disciplines and topics
Depositing User: Eleftheria Lekakis
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 05:52
Last Modified: 14 May 2015 05:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54001

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