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Mass Consumption and Political Consumerism

Boström, Magnus and Klintman, Mikael LU (2018)
Abstract
This chapter focuses on the relation between mass consumption and political
consumerism. Mass consumption concerns the omnipresent role of consumption in
contemporary societies with associated problems of excessive resource use in current
practices of consumption. The late modern context and forces of mass consumption can both trigger and prevent political consumerism as well as shape its outcome. The chapter offers a literature review that addresses both examples of alternative consumption (e.g., buycotts) and various kinds of anticonsumption, which involve politically motivated ambitions to cut down on consumption. The chapter addresses how mass consumption activates political consumerist potentials, including sentiments... (More)
This chapter focuses on the relation between mass consumption and political
consumerism. Mass consumption concerns the omnipresent role of consumption in
contemporary societies with associated problems of excessive resource use in current
practices of consumption. The late modern context and forces of mass consumption can both trigger and prevent political consumerism as well as shape its outcome. The chapter offers a literature review that addresses both examples of alternative consumption (e.g., buycotts) and various kinds of anticonsumption, which involve politically motivated ambitions to cut down on consumption. The chapter addresses how mass consumption activates political consumerist potentials, including sentiments towards anticonsumption. It furthermore shows how mass consumption makes people unable to link consumption to political considerations. Finally, the chapter analyses possibilities and difficulties in transforming niche political consumerist initiatives to the mainstream in a society that is dominated by mass consumption. (Less)
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publication status
published
keywords
niche, mainstream, political consumption, mass consumption, sustainable consumption, anti-consumption
host publication
The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism
editor
Boström, Magnus; Micheletti, Michele; Oosterveer, Peter; ; and
pages
25 pages
publisher
Oxford University Press
ISBN
9780190629038
language
English
LU publication?
yes
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c1294d07-af67-4b13-aeae-070dfaa2305d
date added to LUP
2018-08-16 14:04:51
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2018-11-21 21:41:08
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  abstract     = {This chapter focuses on the relation between mass consumption and political<br/>consumerism. Mass consumption concerns the omnipresent role of consumption in<br/>contemporary societies with associated problems of excessive resource use in current<br/>practices of consumption. The late modern context and forces of mass consumption can both trigger and prevent political consumerism as well as shape its outcome. The chapter offers a literature review that addresses both examples of alternative consumption (e.g., buycotts) and various kinds of anticonsumption, which involve politically motivated ambitions to cut down on consumption. The chapter addresses how mass consumption activates political consumerist potentials, including sentiments towards anticonsumption. It furthermore shows how mass consumption makes people unable to link consumption to political considerations. Finally, the chapter analyses possibilities and difficulties in transforming niche political consumerist initiatives to the mainstream in a society that is dominated by mass consumption.},
  author       = {Boström, Magnus and Klintman, Mikael},
  editor       = {Boström, Magnus and Micheletti, Michele and Oosterveer, Peter},
  isbn         = {9780190629038},
  keyword      = {niche,mainstream,political consumption,mass consumption,sustainable consumption,anti-consumption},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  pages        = {25},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  title        = {Mass Consumption and Political Consumerism},
  year         = {2018},
}