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Political Consumerism and the Transition Towards a More Sustainable Food Regime Looking Behind and Beyond the Organic Shelf

Klintman, Mikael LU and Boström, Magnus (2011) In Food Practices in Transition: Changing Food Consumption, Retail and Production in the Age of Reflexive Modernity
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Abstract in Undetermined

In media, policymaking and research, increasing attention is drawn to

the phenomenon of ‘green political consumerism’, referring to consumerrelated

practices that are based on concerns beyond the traditional criteria

of product quality and price. Political consumerism is about expressing

non-economic values, that is, values beyond the direct, economic self-interest

of consumers. Such values may concern social conditions of farmers

producing our food or the welfare of animals used in food production.

Green political consumerism is a concept that highlights a concern for environmental

conditions, although these concerns often... (More)
Abstract in Undetermined

In media, policymaking and research, increasing attention is drawn to

the phenomenon of ‘green political consumerism’, referring to consumerrelated

practices that are based on concerns beyond the traditional criteria

of product quality and price. Political consumerism is about expressing

non-economic values, that is, values beyond the direct, economic self-interest

of consumers. Such values may concern social conditions of farmers

producing our food or the welfare of animals used in food production.

Green political consumerism is a concept that highlights a concern for environmental

conditions, although these concerns often overlap with social

and animal-related ones (Boström & Klintman 2008). Micheletti (2003)

has defi ned political consumerism as consumers’ ‘individualistic collective

action’, practiced, for instance, through boycotting or buycotting certain

products and services.

For the purpose of this chapter, it is important to mention that there is

a need to keep the defi nition of political consumerism subject to continuous

discussion and debate. A main claim in this chapter is that it is particularly

important not to equal green political consumption merely with

purchases of eco-labeled products and services. To follow such principles

of consumption or to have small ecological footprints due to smaller economic

resources, for example, are two very diff erent things, which should

both be of interest in debates about political consumerism. (Less)
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  abstract     = {<b>Abstract in Undetermined</b><br/><br>
In media, policymaking and research, increasing attention is drawn to<br/><br>
the phenomenon of ‘green political consumerism’, referring to consumerrelated<br/><br>
practices that are based on concerns beyond the traditional criteria<br/><br>
of product quality and price. Political consumerism is about expressing<br/><br>
non-economic values, that is, values beyond the direct, economic self-interest<br/><br>
of consumers. Such values may concern social conditions of farmers<br/><br>
producing our food or the welfare of animals used in food production.<br/><br>
Green political consumerism is a concept that highlights a concern for environmental<br/><br>
conditions, although these concerns often overlap with social<br/><br>
and animal-related ones (Boström &amp; Klintman 2008). Micheletti (2003)<br/><br>
has defi ned political consumerism as consumers’ ‘individualistic collective<br/><br>
action’, practiced, for instance, through boycotting or buycotting certain<br/><br>
products and services.<br/><br>
For the purpose of this chapter, it is important to mention that there is<br/><br>
a need to keep the defi nition of political consumerism subject to continuous<br/><br>
discussion and debate. A main claim in this chapter is that it is particularly<br/><br>
important not to equal green political consumption merely with<br/><br>
purchases of eco-labeled products and services. To follow such principles<br/><br>
of consumption or to have small ecological footprints due to smaller economic<br/><br>
resources, for example, are two very diff erent things, which should<br/><br>
both be of interest in debates about political consumerism.},
  author       = {Klintman, Mikael and Boström, Magnus},
  editor       = {Spaargaren, Gert and Loeber, Anne and Oosterveer, Peter},
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  series       = {Food Practices in Transition: Changing Food Consumption, Retail and Production in the Age of Reflexive Modernity},
  title        = {Political Consumerism and the Transition Towards a More Sustainable Food Regime Looking Behind and Beyond the Organic Shelf},
  year         = {2011},
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