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Information, Choice and Political Consumption: Human Rights in the Checkout Lane

From: Human Rights Quarterly
Volume 33, Number 4, November 2011
pp. 1092-1121 | 10.1353/hrq.2011.0062

Abstract

Abstract:

Politically motivated consumption behaviors (such as boycotts) are a significant source of human rights mobilization, yet the roots of individual consumption decisions are under-explored in the human rights literature. This article uses original national survey data to evaluate key factors that influence individual decisions to stop purchasing products for broader social purposes, highlighting the role that personal interest, access to particular types of information, and a sense of efficacy play in shaping the decision to consume ethically.