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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 949; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040949

The Role of Individual- and Contextual-Level Social Capital in Product Boycotting: A Multilevel Analysis

Department of Economics and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 2 February 2019 / Accepted: 7 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Product boycotts represent an important form of sustainable consumption, as withholding purchasing can restrain firms from damaging the natural environment or breaking social rules. However, our understanding of consumer participation in these protests is limited. Most previous studies have focused on the psychological and economic determinants of product boycotting. Drawing on social capital literature, this study builds a framework that explains how individual- and contextual-level social capital affects consumer participation in boycotts of products. A multilevel logistic regression analysis of 29 country representative samples derived from the European Social Survey (N = 54221) shows that at the individual level product boycotting is associated with a person’s social ties, whereas at the country level, generalized trust and social networks positively affect consumer decisions to take part in these protests. These results suggest that to better understand differences among countries in consumer activism, it is necessary to consider the role of social capital as an important predictor of product boycotting. View Full-Text
Keywords: product boycott; consumer boycott; consumer activism; social capital; sustainable consumption; social ties; generalized trust; trust product boycott; consumer boycott; consumer activism; social capital; sustainable consumption; social ties; generalized trust; trust
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Zasuwa, G. The Role of Individual- and Contextual-Level Social Capital in Product Boycotting: A Multilevel Analysis. Sustainability 2019, 11, 949.

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