Response Paper _2 fall 2008

Response Paper _2 fall 2008 - Prepare a four-page report...

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Response Paper #2: Due Monday October 6 th , 2008 Four class readings (Freedman, Stewart, Navarro and Nixon) address the issue of conscious or conscientious consumerism. This social movement relies on consumers using their purchasing power to support social value. The key question here is whether we can shop our way to doing good. Visit the web sites below and think about the impact of our shopping choices on the global society. There is an increasingly active movement, driven by college students, focusing on consumption with a conscience. These include concerns about the environment, worker exploitation, globalization and other issues. Explore these sites and think carefully about how our choices of what to buy can have significant impact (positive and negative) on the world. What is the added value to shopping with value in mind? What are the values promoted by these companies?
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Unformatted text preview: Prepare a four-page report summarizing the points made by the authors in the articles, evaluating the major arguments and summarizing your own stance on whether conscientious consumerism has real value in supporting social change. Why do we know so little about how the products we purchase are produced and where the products come from? Based on the growth of this movement, does it hold promise that we can use our power as consumers to change the world? What about your own consumption patterns? Have they changed as a result of this movement? What would make these movements more attractive to consumers? When you think about fair trade and organic items, dont over rely on arguments based on price that assume that all consumers rely on is price to make choices about consumption. Remember that we often will pay a premium for items that we value deeply, whether that it based on social status, advertising, or our own perception of value, rationally understood or not....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2008 for the course SOC 250 taught by Professor Enos during the Spring '08 term at Bryant.

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