Political Consumerism as Political Participation in Korea: The Influence of Anti-Business Sentiments, Political Ideology, and Social Media

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Abstract

Shopping, which has been regarded as being unrelated to social reforms, is now being highlighted as a powerful means of political activism to realize social justice. While declining in interests in traditional political participation, political consumers who consider the market as a venue to express political and social concerns are increasing. This study investigates political consumers' characteristics by addressing the frequency of participation in boycotts, and the relationship between political consumerism and political participation by identifying how variables such as anti-business sentiments, political ideology, and social media, which directly or indirectly relate to political consumerism and political participation, differentially affect political consumerism and political participation. The findings of a survey of 1,036 respondents revealed the followings: (1) political consumers with different levels of boycott participation were not homogeneous. (2) a positive and significant relationship was found between political consumerism and political participation, but the variables affecting political consumerism and political participation were subtly different.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-731
Number of pages29
JournalKorea Observer
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Anti-Business Sentiment
  • Political Consumerism
  • Political Ideology
  • Political Participation
  • Social Media

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