Social activism and consumer movement in Europe and America

Publication: Athens Social Activism
Edited by: Ellen Kalisperati –Sociologist
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Starbucks Hit By Tax Protests From Activist Group UK Uncut  

«Φορολογικές» Διαμαρτυρίες έξω από τα Starbucks από ακτιβιστικές ομάδες του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου

Coffee chain Starbucks was today hit by protests at branches across the country over its tax arrangements, despite announcing changes to its payments. Activist group UK Uncut carried out more than 40 demonstrations across the country, “transforming” Starbucks stores into refuges, creches and homeless shelters.

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The challenges of European social movements

Οι προκλήσεις που αντιμετωπίζουν τα Ευρωπαϊκά κοινωνικά κινήματα

The Social movements in Europe aim to face many today’s problems of any kind. But what are they specifically and what could happen about it?

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Why Thinking Social Activism?

Γιατί να σκεφτεί κανείς τον Κοινωνικό Ακτιβισμό;

Why would someone be interested about the social action? What could be done to raise awareness of collective action? Rising ethnic tension and increasing social exclusion all over Europe show that the work of social organizations and activists is needed more than ever.

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Has Social Media Reinvented Social Activism?

Τα μέσα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης έχουν εφεύρει εκ νέου τον κοινωνικό ακτιβισμό;

Late this fall, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article in the New Yorker called “Small Change,” drawing a distinction between traditional activism and its online variant.  He argues that our modern forms of social media cannot lead to high-risk activism.

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Anger Sowing Seeds of a New Consumer Movement (US)

Ο θυμός «τροφοδοτεί» ένα νέο Καταναλωτικό Κίνημα

As we all know, America is angry. Really angry. To put it in pop culture terms, we’ve moved from the vaguely inspiring agita of Peter Finch in “Network” to the wild-eyed, primal-scream rage of Sam Kinison in “Back to School.”

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10 Actions Consumers Can Take to Reinvent Capitalism

10 Κινήσεις που μπορούν να κάνουν οι καταναλωτές ώστε να επαναπροσδιορίσουν τον καπιταλισμό

We are living in a historical era akin to the 18th century Enlightenment. That was when social philosophers threw out many former paradigms that had dominated human societies for millennia — royalty, aristocracy and serfdom.

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Consumer-led or consumer-dependent? By Matthew Anderson

Καταναλωτές-ηγέτες ή καταναλωτές- εξαρτημένοι; Από τον Matthew Anderson

In 2004, as FT sales reached the £100m mark, Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation stated that  ‘There has been a quiet revolution taking place, and what is so important is ordinary shoppers in this country are behind it.”  This idea of a ‘consumer revolution’ has been popular in the media and has rarely been seriously challenged in the acadeamic litereature.

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The consumer activists curbing the excesses of payday lenders

Οι κινητοποιημένοι καταναλωτές περιορίζουν τις υπερβολές των «δανειοδοτών»

The benefits of collective action are obvious on the following characteristic example of organized movement in England. The government’s U-turn on payday lending shows what ordinary citizens can achieve when we get organized. News that the government accepts the need to cap the cost of credit marks the culmination of months of organising across the country to shine a spotlight on the unregulated practices of high-cost credit companies.

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Consumer Associations in Spain

Nowadays, consumer Associations constitute the best mechanism to ensure the protection of consumer rights. These partnerships mainly focus on disseminating information through magazines and other media resources.

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