Freathy P & Calderwood E (2020) Social transformation in the Scottish islands: Liberationist perspectives on consumer empowerment. Journal of Rural Studies, 74, pp. 180-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2020.01.016
Through a conceptual framework derived from 1960's Christian Liberation Theology this paper examines the impact of e-commerce upon the social transformation of spatially isolated Scottish communities. While many studies have highlighted the impact of internet adoption upon individual choice and the co-creation of value, this paper argues that such advantages are mediated by structural impediments that constrain its potentially empowering effects. Viewing e-commerce through the lens of liberation theory acknowledges the influence of the economic, political and social environment upon consumer emancipation. While empowerment remains con-textually determined and reflects the desire of groups and individuals to reassert control over their own existence , established hierarchies seek to dominate the power logic and reinforce existing market inequalities.
Empowerment; Liberation theology; Island retailing; E-commerce; Rural
Journal of Rural Studies: Volume 74
|Publication date online||25/01/2020|
|Date accepted by journal||16/01/2020|