Political consumerism in Southern Europe

Lekakis, Eleftheria J and Forno, Francesca Political consumerism in Southern Europe. In: Boström, M, Micheletti, M and Oosterveer, P (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. Oxford University Press. (Accepted)

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Abstract

This chapter provides a comparative historical analysis of the evolution of political consumerism in Southern European countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece), discussing the breadth of scholarship and identifying positive and negative forms of political consumerism with reference to different ethical and political uses of the market. Despite the fact that political consumerism appears to be less diffused in Southern Europe when compared with North-western Europe, the global financial crisis, which has had particularly serious effects in these countries, seems to have spearheaded and transformed political consumerism practices. Political consumerism in Southern Europe has recently appeared as an increasingly utilized tool for grassroots locally based networks aiming to promote solidarity economy. This chapter reflects on economic, political and cultural opportunity structures and their relationship with new forms of collectivism and cooperativism, as well as on the methodological challenges this change poses for research in this area of study.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Political consumerism, collective practices of consumer responsibility, solidarity economic networks, Southern Europe, financial crisis
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0756 Community
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change > HM0836 Causes
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA0071 Theory. Relation to other subjects
Depositing User: Eleftheria Lekakis
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 14:32
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2018 15:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71788

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