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Hegemony of markets and consumer resistance

We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis for both people and planet: from The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) severe warning that we need to cut annual global emissions by half in the next 11 years, to the ongoing refugee crisis, to the rise of authoritarian governments across the globe. Largely to blame for this crisis are neoliberal capitalism and the hegemony of market logics. This track welcomes topics focused on forms of collective and individual activism that attempt to address this multi-faceted crisis head on. What is the role of consumer resistance and how fit-for-purpose are our prior understandings of it? What is the role of care and solidarity in consumer movements and social movements more broadly? And how can we begin to avow, and work with (rather than against) our multiple interdependencies and vulnerabilities?  

Queries related to this track may be addressed to Professor Andreas Chatzidakis: Andreas.Chatzidakis@rhul.ac.uk