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Abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility of articulating Political Discourse Theory(PDT) together with Organizational Studies (OS), while using the opportunity to introduce PDT to thoseOS scholars who have not yet come across it. The bulk of this paper introduces the main concepts ofPDT, discussing how they have been applied to concrete, empirical studies of resistance movements.In recent years, PDT has been increasingly appropriated by OS scholars to problematize and analyzeresistances and other forms of social antagonisms within organizational settings, taking the relationaland contingent aspects of struggles into consideration. While the paper supports the idea of a jointarticulation of PDT and OS, it raises a number of critical questions of how PDT concepts have beenempirically used to explain the organization of resistance movements. The paper sets out a researchagenda for how both PDT and OS can together contribute to our understanding of new, emerging or- ganizational forms of resistance movements.
In the light of the extreme weather events we’ve seen in many parts of the world over the past year, not even mentioning the ongoing flooding saga in England, sceptics of climate change science look increasingly foolish, naive and irresponsible.
Particularly in the high polluting Anglosaxon countries, vested interests have given millions to think tanks, PR agencies and individual ‘scientists’ to question and actively disrupt the consensus by the worldwide scientific community that climate change is due to human activity.
A repeated offender in the UK, for example, is Lord Lawson who runs the climate sceptic think tank The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). It’s a shame and even a scandal that he’s given a lot of airtime by the media at the moment to question the link between the flooding in England and climate change.
Let’s not forget: as much as climate change is about the natural world and ecosystems, it is also a political, economic and cultural struggle for the future of our planet. Those who benefit most from our current unsustainable practices will not give their privileges up without a fight.
Lord Stern just warned us again that his 2006 report was not radical enough. He says that, if we don’t cut emissions radically now, it is very likely that within our lifetime we will have to encounter climate change conflict and war, not peace and prosperity.
Essex Sustainability Institute cordially invites you to an evening celebrating local food and to launch the research report,
CAN LOCAL FOOD MAKE US FEEL BETTER?
Evidence from the East of England
By Professor Steffen Böhm, Dr Zareen Bharucha and David Watson
Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 6-9pm
at The Minories Galleries,
Abstract: In recent years, it has become an increasingly common marketing practice to connect the sale of consumer products to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, such as aid and development projects in so-called ‘developing’ countries. One example is Volvic’s pioneering ‘1L=10L for Africa’ campaign (2005–2010), which linked the sale of each liter of bottled water in ‘developed’ countries with the promise by Danone, Volvic’s owner, to provide 10 liters of drinking water in Africa. In this article, we engage with this ‘cause-related marketing’ campaign, using critical discourse analysis (CDA) to uncover its mechanisms and ideological functioning. We show how Volvic was able to transform an ordinary commodity, bottled water, into a consumer activist brand through which consumers could take part in solving global social problems, such as the access to safe drinking water in ‘developing’ countries. Our analysis of this exemplary case shows the ways that CSR often operates to deflect ethical critiques, consolidate brand loyalty and corporate profits, and defuse political struggles around consumption. By doing so, we suggest that CSR forms part of a complex strategy deployed to legitimize particular brands and commodities. In this way CSR can be seen as playing an important role in the ideological makeup of contemporary consumer capitalism.
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The Political Economy of Organization
Possibilities for Liberation and Alternatives
Steffen Böhm (Essex, UK), Rafael Kruter Flores (Porto Alegre, Brazil), Maria Ceci Misoczky (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
Sub-theme 9: to take place at the 5th Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS), Havana, Cuba, April 2-5, 2014, http://www.laemos.com
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