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ironies of the microelectronic revolution: the scandal of tantalum mining

11.08.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

The enthusiasm for the microelectronic revolution is dampened if one considers the social and environmental cost of the mobile phone – especially at the source: tantalum mining is a mired in exploitation, rape, and civil war. Alongside blood diamonds we should talk of “blood mobiles”. The irony? The mobile phone is the very device that ...

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… oh the irony?

06.26.2011 · Posted in consumer culture, fair trade

http://www.tesco.com/books/product.aspx?R=9780415669368&bci=252%7CMarketing%20%26%20Advertising*23%7CComing%20Soon   update May 2014 no longer works – the link used to refer to Tesco selling the volume Cultural Studies and Anti-Consumerism edited by Sam Blinkley and Jo Littler that also contains my “Consuming the Campesino” … ...

The Fear of the Fairtrade Consumer – An Informed Guess on a Form of Consumer Anxiety, Post-colonial Guilt and Anti-conquest

06.19.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

[Presentation at the Research Workshop “Emerging Issues in Uncertainty and Ethical Consumption”, 13th June 2011, University of Glasgow]  pdf Why Fairtradeand Fear? When first encountering the concept of consumer anxiety in connection with fair trade I was sceptical: It seemed all too vague and not quite clear what consumers are afraid of. The uncertainties said ...

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Žižek on fairtrade and charity

04.25.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Sometimes you can’t not have an opinion, however hard you try. One thing you can’t not have an opinion on if you’ve written about ethical consumption is Žižek’s denunciation of it. I’ve tried, but got asked so often whether I’ve seen his talk and what do I think that I now have taken the five or ...

Ethical selving determined?

01.11.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Apparently I am a “macro-structural” determinist now. I wasn’t aware of that , but according Reijonen 2011 (in an article titled ‘Environmentally friendly consumer: from determinism to emergence” in the section on “macro-structuralism”) my article on “Ethical selving in cultural contexts” makes me just that: Several scholars advocate a particular type of dominant social paradigm (Kilbourne ...

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… not being able to consume back

11.06.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

this is an illustration to be read in conjunction with the conclusion of my last post here. i’ve just come across an old Mirror article which Bob Doherty and Sophi Tranchel highlight in their article “Radical Mainstreaming” (in Equal Opportunities International – you need a subscription to access this). the article is from 5th November ...

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fair trade and critical research: what role for academic comment?

11.02.2009 · Posted in sociology

[This is a talk I have given at a Great Western Research Sustainability Seminar, 2nd November 2009] In the UK, fair trade has been around for at least thirty years now – but it was only in the late 1990s that it became an object for academic reflection. And it was only in the 2000s ...

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fairtrade: internationalism by supermarket?

10.14.2009 · Posted in consumer culture, fair trade, social justice

[this is an opinion piece i’ve written for e-IR] The idea of fairtrade is, at first glance, a paradoxical one. Observing that the capitalist world market works to the disfavour of producers in the Third World, left wing and Christian campaigners from the 1970s onwards tried to use this unfair market to establish equitable North-South ...

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