23 january 2020, Londres :

Anti-corporate activism, contentious valuation of economic activities and market change by Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier

Édité le 7 Janvier 2020

The invited speakers are Professor Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier (Centre de sociologie des organisations, Sciences Po, France), Professor Frank de Bakker (Center for Organizational Responsibility, IÉSEG School of Management, France), and Professor Frank den Hond (Hanken School of Economics, Finland & VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

The seminar is organised together by CHRONOS’ “Critical Consumption and Politics of Markets” and CRIS.

Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier: Anti-corporate activism, contentious valuation of economic activities and market change

The contentiousness of markets has recently been assessed by the social movements literature. Activists can use a broad range of tactics to force corporations to change their practices. This paper questions the outcomes of this contentiousness. It draws from an empirical study on a disruptive tactic used by anti-corporate activists: shame-on-you prize. I propose to adopt an economic sociological perspective to understand the mechanisms by which social movement organizations seek to undermine the values that underline economic order. Activists provide new categories for valuating economic activities that challenge existing ones. Social movement organizations legitimate these valuations as coming from civil society and reflecting public expectations about what should count in valuations of economic activities. As such, they may encourage public decision-makers to undertake regulatory action.

Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier is research professor at Sciences Po and CNRS, and deputy director of the Center for the Sociology of Organizations in Paris, France. Her research is situated in the field of economic sociology, and her focus is on the social construction of consumers and markets. Her aim is to understand how consumers’ economic behaviour is progressively shaped by the relationship between corporations’ practice, government, and social movements. She published Ethical Consumption (Fernwood Publishing, 2013), Gouverner les Conduites (Presses de Sciences Po, 2016) and co-authored Le biais comportementaliste (Presses de Sciences Po, 2018). Her work has appeared in several academic journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Consumer Culture, Sociologia Ruralis, and International Journal of Consumer Studies.

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