Globalizing Responsibility

Clive Barnett, Paul Cloke, Nick Clarke, and Alice Malpass. 2011. Globalizing Responsibility: The Political Rationalities of Ethical Consumption. RGS-IBG Book Series. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Globalizing Responsibility analyses the rise of ethical consumption practices from a political perspective. It conceptualises them as forms of political mobilization, campaigning, and lobbying. Rather than evaluating ethical consumption them from a pre-established position of what counts as politics or what makes politics more or less progressive, it seeks to understand how the growth of ethical consumption is indicative of changes in the way politics gets done now. The book draws on case studies of fair trade campaigns of different sorts, and tries to make sense of the local dynamics of global solidarity politics. Theoretically, the book works through various approaches to understanding this sort of activity, including accounts of neoliberalization, governmentality theory, theories of practice, social movement theory, and theories of consumerism.