Article

Social transformation in the Scottish islands: Liberationist perspectives on consumer empowerment

Citation

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

Abstract
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.

Keywords
Empowerment; Liberation theology; Island retailing; E-commerce; Rural

Journal
Journal of Rural Studies: Volume 74

StatusPublished
FundersBritish Academy
Publication date29/02/2020
Publication date online25/01/2020
Date accepted by journal16/01/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30749
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0743-0167