Boycotts and Dixie Chicks introduces the concept of 'creative political participation', collective political actions which do not use traditional methods and which are innovative, collaborative and creative in character. Andrew S. McFarland discusses creative participation on issues concerning the environment, political corruption, consumer rights, and transnational issues. He draws on specific examples including anti-corruption demonstrations in contemporary rural China, community action in 1890s Wisconsin, consumer boycotts of Shell Oil, ExxonMobil, the Nestle Corporation, and the Dixie Chicks music group, the 'colour revolutions' and transnational fair trade and transparency activism. Written in an engaging, everyday language and using a wide variety of sources and case studies, Boycotts and Dixie Chicks is highly recommended for students of alternative social and political movements and sociology.
Andrew S. McFarland is Professor of Political Science and a Fellow of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Preface Chapter 1 Creative Participation and Civic Innovation Chapter 2 The Environment and Creative Participation Chapter 3 Combating Political Corruption Chapter 4 Political Consumerism Chapter 5 Political Consumerism in Four Post-Communist Countries: An Exploratory Look, by Catherine Griffiths Chapter 6 Transnational Participation Chapter 7 Conclusion Bibliography About the Author