Advance praise for Shopping for Change:
Shopping for Change is replete with the documented beliefs that individual and collective political purchasing reduces and redirects the basic reservoir of giant corporate power—the dollars we give them that they use against the people and the planet. Read this book and shop wisely, sometimes shop less, and, increasingly, shop together for your democratic voice.
– Ralph Nader
Shopping for Change wrestles impressively with the possibilities and obstacles for consumer activism over time. This is important history, but it is also a compelling call to harness the full potential of the consumer marketplace to create a more equitable, democratic society.
– Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
Is consumer activism a worthwhile endeavour? And, if so, how should it be pursued? The contributors to this volume grapple creatively with these, and many other, important questions. Hyman and Tohill have assembled a wonderful array of engaging and insightful essays that mine the distant and recent past to show us what’s worked, what hasn’t, and why.
– Michael Dawson, Department of History, St. Thomas University
This book could not be more timely. We see in many nations a large number of people reacting badly to their inability to maintain a standard of living they believe they need. Smarter, more active, and more restrained buying is what is called for. This book provides an outstandingly detailed guide for how to proceed.
– Amitai Etizoni, University Professor and author of The New Normal