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Author Hilton, Matthew.
Title Prosperity for all : consumer activism in an era of globalization / Matthew Hilton.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2009.

Author Hilton, Matthew.
Subject Consumer protection -- Political aspects.
Consumption (Economics) -- Political aspects.
Consumer satisfaction -- Political aspects.
Consumer behavior -- Political aspects.
Globalization -- Political aspects.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 315 pages) : illustrations, map
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-305) and index.
Contents Introduction : the wealth of access -- The fear of fortune : the uneasy consumer in an age of affluence -- Cold war shoppers : consumerism as state project -- Poverty amid prosperity : consumer protest beyond the affluent west -- Consumers of the world unite : consumption and the new global order -- The all-consuming network : the politics of protest in an age of consumption -- Backlash : the corporate critique of consumerism -- Choose life : consumer rights versus human rights -- Shopping for justice : the freedom of free trade -- Conclusion : the poverty of choice.
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Summary From the Publisher: The history of consumerism is about much more than just shopping. Ever since the eighteenth century, citizen-consumers have protested against the abuses of the market by boycotting products and promoting fair instead of free trade. In recent decades, consumer activism has responded to the challenges of affluence by helping to guide consumers through an increasingly complex and alien marketplace. In doing so, it has challenged the very meaning of consumer society and tackled some of the key economic, social, and political issues associated with the era of globalization. In Prosperity for All, the first international history of consumer activism, Matthew Hilton shows that modern consumer advocacy reached the peak of its influence in the decades after World War II. Growing out of the product-testing activities of Consumer Reports and its international counterparts (including which? in the United Kingdom, Que Choisir in France, and Test in Germany), consumerism evolved into a truly global social movement. Consumer unions, NGOs, and individual activists like Ralph Nader emerged in countries around the world-including developing countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America-concerned with creating a more equitable marketplace and articulating a politics of consumption that addressed the needs of both individuals and society as a whole. Consumer activists achieved many victories, from making cars safer to highlighting the dangers of using baby formula instead of breast milk in countries with no access to clean water. The 1980s saw a reversal in the consumer movement's fortunes, thanks in large part to the rise of an antiregulatory agenda both in the United States and internationally. In the process, the definition of consumerism changed, focusing more on choice than on access. As Hilton shows, this change reflects more broadly on the dilemmas we all face as consumers: Do we want more stuff and more prosperity for ourselves, or do we want others less fortunate to be able to enjoy the same opportunities and standard of living that we do? Prosperity for All makes clear that by abandoning a more idealistic vision for consumer society we reduce consumers to little more than shoppers, and we deny the vast majority of the world's population the fruits of affluence.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 9780801461637 (electronic bk.)
0801461634 (electronic bk.)
9780801446443 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0801446449 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780801475078 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0801475074 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 732957129
Additional Format Print version: Hilton, Matthew. Prosperity for all. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2009 (DLC) 2008032878

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