Joint Research Seminar Management and Politics
A joint seminar between The York Management School Equality, Justice and Ethics research theme and Politics Comparative Politics and Public Policy research cluster.
Right-wing anti-consumption: Origins, operations and impact
Sofia Vasilopoulou and Fabien Pecot
This project aims to examine the impact of political disillusionment and nationalism in Europe through the lens of consumption practices. This original interdisciplinary approach, bringing together scholars from Management/Marketing and Political Science, draws on the surge of nationalism and rejection of the market (e.g. Harteveld, 2016; Hopkin, 2017). It looks at how right-wing groups engage in actions against consumerism and against companies, in the name of nationalist, traditional or religious values, and the ways in which this has an effect on businesses, party competition and the wider public debate. In doing so, we seek to take both a historical and a more contemporary approach. We specifically consider three questions:
- Context/historical level: what has been the over-time trend in anti-consumption debates, practices and attitudes?
- Operations level: which right-wing groups engage in anti-consumption? How and why do such groups engage in resistance against companies?
- Impact level: what has been the impact of anti-consumption on citizen attitudes and the wider public debate?
The Stable Ground of Nothingness: Bataille, Myth and Historical knowledge production of the far right
Umberto Eco prophetically predicted in 1995 that Fascism would come back under the most innocent of disguises, in plain clothes, incorporating the same elements derived from historical Fascism. Eco categorised Fascism as a cult of tradition, an ideology centered on the obsession and utilisation of the mythologies of the past in order to enact a new worldview. But why is mythology such an important and effective resource for fascism and the far right?
This research invokes a theoretical discussion on the writings of Bataille and Nietzsche concerning the relationship between history and mythology, looking to understand the modes of historical knowledge production of the far-right and the organisational dimensions of its output, symbolism and consumption. This research, in its early stages, looks to explore both how and why mythology and the cult of tradition prevail today, and that once again how the dead threaten to govern the living.
About the speakers
Sofia Vasilopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. She holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and is a leading expert in the field of political dissatisfaction with democracy and democratic institutions across Europe, researching specifically Euroscepticism and
extremism (right and left).
Fabien Pecot is a Lecturer in Marketing at The York Management School. He holds a Ph.D. from Aix-Marseille University and his research follows two main directions. One looks at the role of the past and of long-term perspectives in consumer research, the other looks at far-right consumer activism.
Fabien and Sofia organised in September 2018 a first symposium on far right resistance to the market at the University of York, with the support of the Morrell Fund.
Benjamin Richards is a current PhD researcher in The York Management School. With a background in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, his work focuses on the organisational dimensions of fascism and the far right, with specific focus on the uses and abuses of the past.
A light lunch and hot drinks will be provded
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