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Citizenship and consumption

University of Cambridge, 30 March-1 April 2006

An International Workshop co-organised with Kate Soper, Institute for the Study of European Transformations, London Metropolitan University

The two-day interdisciplinary workshop provided a timely forum for current thinking on consumption and citizenship. Experts looked at civil society and governance, media consumption and culture, welfare and public services, and ethics and environment.

Conference Papers (alphabetical order):

Nothing in these papers may be cited, quoted, summarised or reproduced without permission of the author(s)





Clive Barnett

Problematizing Choice: Responsible Subjects and Citizenly Consumers
Download [word, 95kb]


Zygmunt Bauman

Exit Homo Politicus, Enter Homo Consumens
Download [word, 81kb]


Mark Bevir and
Frank Trentmann

Civic Choices: Retrieving Perspectives on Rationality, Consumption, and Citizenship
Download [word, 118kb]


John Clarke and
Janet Newman

The People’s Choice? Citizens, Consumers and Public Services
Download [word, 82kb]


Nick Couldry, Sonia Livingstone and
Tim Markham

‘Public Connection’ and the Uncertain Norms of Media Consumption
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Michelle Everson and Christian Joerges

Legal Encounters with the Consumer
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Karl Gerth

Consumption and Politics in Twentieth-Century China
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Ferenc Hammer

Blue Jeans in Socialist Hungary
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Matthew Hilton

The Banality of Consumption
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John Keane

Civil Society, Citizenship, Children and Consumption
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Michele Micheletti

Anti-Sweatshop and Anti-Slavery: The Moral Force of Capitalism
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Bronwen Morgan

Consuming without Paying: Stealing or Campaigning? The Civic Implications of Civil Disobedience around Access to Water
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Catherine Needham

Citizens, Consumers and Beyond: Multiple roles and their Definitions in Local Government
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John O'Neill

Sustainability, Well-being and Consumption: The Limits of Hedonic Approaches
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Martin Powell

In Search of the Citizen-Consumer
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Tine Rostgaard

Observing the freed care consumer – changing concepts of need and intervention in home care for the elderly
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