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The role of the consumer-citizen in environmental protest in the 1990s

Parker, G. ORCID: (1999) The role of the consumer-citizen in environmental protest in the 1990s. Space & Polity, 3 (1). pp. 67-83. ISSN 1470-1235

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This paper links market‐based ‘protest’ strategies, as used recently by environmental protest groups and other sociations, to citizenship theory, seeking to open a debate about the role of the consumer‐citizen. It is suggested that such consumer‐citizenship, whereby protest and political action are encouraged through market mechanisms, and limited through state action, is an important feature of late‐modernity. The paper seeks to illustrate how advanced capitalist societies are producing reworked forms of rights relationships. This is discussed within the context of the rhetoric of ‘active’ citizenship as used in UK politics and through examples of recent environmental protests and other consumer‐citizen strategies.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:31087
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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