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By Sarah A. Soule

This publication examines anti-corporate activism within the usa, together with research of anti-corporate demanding situations linked to social events as varied because the Civil Rights move and the Dolphin-Safe Tuna flow. utilizing a different dataset of protest occasions within the usa, the publication indicates that anti-corporate activism is basically approximately company guidelines, items, and negligence. even supposing activists have consistently been distrustful of organizations and sought to alter them, until eventually the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, this was once essentially entire through looking govt law of businesses or through geared up exertions. Sarah A. Soule lines the shift led to by means of deregulation and the decline in prepared hard work, which brought on activists to focus on companies at once, frequently together with concentrating on the kingdom. utilizing the literatures on contentious and personal politics, that are either crucial for knowing anti-corporate activism, the ebook offers a nuanced figuring out of the altering focal issues of activism directed at organizations.

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For example, in Chapter 5, I will describe the United Students A gainst Sweatshops campaign against Nike for its use of sweatshop labor in foreign factories. In this case, there was no apparent attempt to seek governmental intervention into Nike’s doings. But, sometimes there is some attempt to target the state either through corporations, alongside corporations, or as a means to impact corporations via regulation. This was illustrated in the case of the Boston Tea Party, as discussed in Chapter 1, when the proximate target was a monopolistic company, but the ultimate target was Britain.

This is a strategy that was identified over twenty-five years ago by Zald and Berger (1978), who noted that social movements often take place within organizations and are initiated by organizational members. Hodson (1996) notes that this form of contention is often overlooked in studies of the workplace and, as noted by Raeburn (2004), few social movement scholars have adequately addressed this kind of contention (but see Meyerson and Scully 1995, Swan 1997, Scully and Creed 1998, Meyerson 2001, and Raeburn 2004).

15 This is where the categorization of “insider” and “outsider” strategies based on ­shareholder status is not so clean. Obviously, there are times when employees of a given corporation are also shareholders of that corporation. See Eesley and Lenox (2006). 14 15 Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility organizational members who are committed to the overall ­organizational goals, but because of their connections to external groups and identities that conflict with those of the organization, they become agents of change (Meyerson and Scully 1995; Meyerson 2001).

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