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'Waving the banana' at capitalism: Political theater and social movement strategy among New York's 'freegan' dumpster divers

Barnard, A. V.


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{
  "DOI": "10.1177/1466138110392453", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Barnard, A. V."
    }
  ], 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2011, 
        11, 
        25
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "This article presents an ethnographic study of 'freegans', individuals who use behaviors\nlike dumpster diving for discarded food and voluntary unemployment to protest against\nenvironmental degradation and capitalism. While freegans often present their ideology\nas a totalizing lifestyle which impacts all aspects of their lives, in practice, freegans\nemphasize what would seem to be the most repellant aspect of their movement:\neating wasted food. New Social Movement (NSM) theory would suggest that behaviors\nlike dumpster diving are intended to assert difference and an alternative identity, rather\nthan make more traditional social movement claims. Through the lens of social dramaturgy,\nI engage with New Social Movement theory by arguing that unconventional tactics\nlike dumpster diving can also have strategic components, serving to project a favorable\nimage of movement organizations, recruit new participants, and achieve a positive\nportrayal in the mainstream media.", 
  "title": "'Waving the banana' at capitalism: Political theater and social movement strategy among New York's 'freegan' dumpster divers", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "896842"
}
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