Anti‐corporate protest as consumer spectacle

Higgins, Matthew and Tadajewski, Mark (2002). Anti‐corporate protest as consumer spectacle. Management Decision, 40(4) pp. 363–371.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/00251740210426358

Abstract

Across much of the developed and developing world the last few years have been marked by protest against institutions and corporations. Much has been said about the significance of these protests, indeed books broadly supportive of anti‐corporate protest compete for ratings against management gurus in the best selling business book charts. In this paper we explore how the technology of marketing is implicated within the organisation and representation of anti‐corporate protests. We argue that the cynical and unreflexive manner in which cultural critics engage with marketing, and their attempts to distance marketing from activities that they privilege, may have consequences for the anti‐corporate movement. This paper concludes with a sense of pessimism about the current tactics employed by anti‐corporate protestors but hope in the potentiality of marketing to develop a sense of individual responsibility.

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