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Shopping For Change: Consumer Activism And The Possibilities Of Purchasing Power, Louis Hyman, Joseph Tohill Jun 2017

Shopping For Change: Consumer Activism And The Possibilities Of Purchasing Power, Louis Hyman, Joseph Tohill

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[Excerpt] Consuming with a conscience is one of the fastest growing forms of political participation worldwide. Every day we make decisions about how to spend our money and, for the socially conscious, these decisions matter. Political consumers "buy green" for the environment or they "buy pink" to combat breast cancer. They boycott Taco Bell to support migrant workers or Burger King to save the rainforest.

But can we overcome the limitations of consumer identity, the conservative pull of consumer choice, co-optation by corporate marketers, and other pitfalls of consumer activism in order to marshal the possibilities of consumer power? Can ...


Songs Of The Factory: Pop Music, Culture, And Resistance, Marek Korczynski Jan 2014

Songs Of The Factory: Pop Music, Culture, And Resistance, Marek Korczynski

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Having made the case for an ethnographic study of how workers hear and use music, I now turn to connect the topic to bigger questions within industrial sociology, musicology, and cultural studies—questions regarding the nature of popular music in contemporary society, and questions regarding the links between workplace cultures and workplace resistance. In examining these questions, I use Small’s (1998) term “musicking” to denote social practices that involve music. For Small, whenever we are playing music, singing, listening to it, dancing to it, or writing it, we are musicking. Despite the broadness of this concept, so far most ...


Collaborative Caring: Stories And Reflections On Teamwork In Health Care, Suzanne Gordon (Ed.), David L. Feldman (Ed.) Md, Michael Leonard (Ed.) Md Jan 2014

Collaborative Caring: Stories And Reflections On Teamwork In Health Care, Suzanne Gordon (Ed.), David L. Feldman (Ed.) Md, Michael Leonard (Ed.) Md

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[Excerpt] There are many theoretical and conceptual books and countless articles that have explored issues of teamwork in general and teamwork in health care in particular. The editors, and many of the authors in this book, have read most, and have even written some of them. To tackle the issue of teamwork, we have, however, taken a different approach. Rather than write a theoretical book about what teamwork is, what it is not, where it exists in health care, what barriers prevent its implementation and how they can be removed, we have chosen instead to address these questions through narratives ...


Class Lives: Stories From Across Our Economic Divide, Chuck Collins (Ed.), Jennifer Ladd (Ed.), Maynard Seider (Ed.), Felice Yeskel (Ed.) Jan 2014

Class Lives: Stories From Across Our Economic Divide, Chuck Collins (Ed.), Jennifer Ladd (Ed.), Maynard Seider (Ed.), Felice Yeskel (Ed.)

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[Excerpt] Class is the last great taboo in the United States. It is, according to Noam Chomsky, “the unmentionable five-letter word.” Even in this period of growing economic inequality, we hardly ever talk about class. We hear daily, in the mainstream media, about unemployment, bailouts, proposed tax cuts or tax hikes, Congress regulating one industry and deregulating another, budget cuts, recession, recovery, roller-coaster markets, CEO bonuses, and more. Given all the attention to economics, it is interesting that talk about social class has been so skimpy.

Sometimes I think of class as our collective, national family secret. And, as any ...