Ethical Consumption, Consumer Self-Governance, and the Later Foucault

Dialogue 47 (01):25- (2008)
ABSTRACT: This article analyzes the later work of Michel Foucault on ethics, freedom, and self-governance as it applies to the ethics of consumption and to new ethical consumerist movements such as fair-trade coffee. Foucault's emphasis on practices of the self helps elucidate the virtue ethics involved in consumption choices. Ethical consumption is cast as a set of practices of self-development: through critical activity and the quest for freedom, persons seek to transform themselves to live in reciprocal relationships with other persons and nature. This requires public deliberation and collective action to effect change within ourselves and our practical systems of consumption and production.RÉSUMÉ: Cet article consiste en une analyse des derniers textes de Michel Foucault au sujet de la gouvernance de soi-même, de l'éthique et de la liberté. J'utilise ces concepts pour discuter l'ethique de la consommation et la nouvelle importance mise sur la consommation équitable pour des produits comme le café équitable. Le travail de Foucault sur le souci de soi aide pour élucider l'éthique de la vertu dans les choix du consommateur. La consommation équitable est considérée comme faisant partie d'une ensemble de pratiques qui développe le soi. Par la poursuite de la liberté au moyen d'actions critiques, on essaie de se transformer afin de former des relations réciproques avec la nature et les autres. Ceci exige un disco ur public et des recours collectifs concernant la transformation de soi-même et de nos systèmes de consommation et production
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,731
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Elizabeth Barham (2002). Towards a Theory of Values-Based Labeling. Agriculture and Human Values 19 (4):349-360.

View all 9 references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
Annie Larivée (2008). Foucault Contre l'Herméneutique de Soi. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 21:69-78.
Maria Helena Lisboa da Cunha (2007). Nietzsche. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:3-6.
Judith Schrempf & Guido Palazzo (2011). How to Create the Ethical Consumer. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 22:532-543.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

14 ( #112,549 of 1,098,628 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #285,836 of 1,098,628 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.