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

Alex V. Barnard;
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  • Published: 25 Nov 2011
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<jats:p> This article presents an ethnographic study of ‘freegans’, individuals who use behaviors like dumpster diving for discarded food and voluntary unemployment to protest against environmental degradation and capitalism. While freegans often present their ideology as a totalizing lifestyle which impacts all aspects of their lives, in practice, freegans emphasize what would seem to be the most repellant aspect of their movement: eating wasted food. New Social Movement (NSM) theory would suggest that behaviors like dumpster diving are intended to assert difference and an alternative identity, rather than make more traditional social movement claims. Through t...
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free text keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Political economy, New social movements, Sociology, Social movement, Ethnography, Social science, Consumerism, Unemployment, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Capitalism, Politics
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