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Making Political Consumers: The Tactical Action Repertoire of a Campaign for Clean Clothes

Balsiger, Philip

In: Social Movement Studies, 2010, vol. 9, no. 3, p. 311-329

Several recent studies have shown an increase in political consumerism (boycott and buycott) and a tendency towards a new ‘politics in the supermarket’. These developments are usually seen as a transformation of forms of political action towards more individualized participation forms. Little attention has focused on the role of social movement activity in this transformation. In this...

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Managing Protest: The Political Action Repertoires of Corporations

Balsiger, Philip

In: The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, 2014, p. 1-11

This chapter analyzes the political action repertoire corporations use to respond to and manage protest. It first offers a typology of the different strategic orientations corporate responses can take: avoidance, acquiescence, compromise, sidestepping, confrontation, and prevention. Building on examples from different case studies, it illustrates the variety of tactics that can be used within...

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Moral Struggles in Markets : The Fight against Battery Cages and the Rise of Cage-Free Eggs in Switzerland

Balsiger, Philip

In: European Journal of Sociology / Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 2016, vol. 57, no. 3, p. 419-450

Les pratiques dans les marchés sont largement réglementées et parfois contestées sur la base de jugements moraux. Des entrepreneurs moraux remettent alors en cause des marchés et des pratiques marchandes tandis que des entreprises et des associations industrielles les défendent, ce qui résulte des luttes morales opposant différents ordres de grandeur. Sur la base d’une étude de cas...

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Competing Tactics : How the Interplay of Tactical Approaches Shapes

Balsiger, Philip

In: MPIfG Discussion Paper, 2012, vol. 12, no. 9, p. 1-23

Social movements use a variety of tactical approaches to change markets. Through a case study of ethical fashion in Switzerland, this paper looks at how the interplay between different tactical approaches pursued by movement actors shapes the growth of the ethical clothing market. Most studies on the influence of social movements look at single tactical approaches, and rarely discuss tactical...

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Explaining Dynamic Strategies for Defending Company Legitimacy : The Changing Outcomes of Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns in France and Switzerland

Balsiger, Philip

In: Business & Society, 2015, p. 1-30

This article analyzes and compares the dynamically changing outcomes of anti-sweatshop campaigns in France and Switzerland through a qualitative comparative case study using interviews and analysis of firsthand and secondary data. In both countries, some targeted firms made early concessions and later withdrew from those concessions. To explain these changing outcomes over time, the article...

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Between shaming corporations and promoting alternatives: The politics of an “ethical shopping map”

Balsiger, Philip

In: Journal of Consumer Culture, 2014, vol. 14, no. 2, p. 218-235

Ethical consumption can take different forms, some more contentious like boycotts or public campaigns, some aiming at the establishment or promotion of alternative consumption practices (buycotts). This study looks at how these tactics are articulated by analyzing the development of an “ethical shopping map,” an action situated in the latter category of “supportive” actions. In 2007, a...

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Corporations as Players and Arenas

Balsiger, Philip

In: Players and Arenas : The Interactive Dynamics of Protest, 2015, p. 119-140

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When miners become “foreigners”: Competing categorizations within gold mining spaces in Guinea

Bolay, Matthieu

In: Resources Policy, 2014, vol. 40, p. 117-127

Drawing on ethnographic research and problem-centered interviews in Guinean mining areas, this paper presents a comparative reading of the conflicting conceptions of what constitutes a “mining community.” First, I explore how independent artisanal miners describe and identify their activity. The weight of autochthony conventions is discussed concerning their insertion both in the mining...