Look for a new article by Profs. Lyle Scruggs, Shareen Hertel, Samuel Best, and Christopher Jeffords to be published next month in Human Rights Quarterly (vol. 33:4, November 2011), entitled “Information, Choice and Political Consumption: Human Rights in the Checkout Lane.” The piece draws on national public opinion survey data collected by the team in 2009 to explain why people engage in “political consumption” — specifically, why individual people decide to opt for sweatshop-free products and/or environmentally-friendly products, or not.
Shareen Hertel has also co-authored with Julie Elkins (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) a chapter on “Sweatshirts and Sweatshops: Labor Rights, Student Activism, and the Challenges of Collegiate Apparel Manufacturing” for a new volume entitled Human Rights in Our Own Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). The book is co-edited by University of Connecticut sociologists Davita Glasberg and Bandana Purkayastha, jointly with Prof. William T. Armaline (San Jose State University).