Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics

Laura J. Miller

in Reluctant Capitalists

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226525907
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226525921 | DOI:
Pursuing the Citizen-Consumer: Consumption as Politics

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This chapter examines how some people outside the ranks of book professionals have taken action against the spread of large-scale, rationalized bookselling in the U.S. It looks at the activism on the part of two groups: low-level workers at bookstores and residents of communities or citizen-consumers experiencing a changing bookselling environment. This chapter also describes the campaign launched by these groups against chain bookstores and the support they provided to struggling independent bookstores.

Keywords: rationalized bookselling; U.S.; activism; bookstore workers; citizen-consumers; chain bookstores; independent bookstores

Chapter.  14285 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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