Small Towns and Big Business

Book Name : Small Towns and Big Business_x000D_
Challenging Wal-Mart Superstores

By by Stephen Halebsky

Sub Title : Challenging Wal-Mart Superstores

Written by : by Stephen Halebsky

Subject Category : Economics

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During the 1990s, a new type of controversy began occurring across the United States: controversies over the siting of superstores, also known as big box stores. In these disputes, which often involve Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, local citizens mount organized opposition to the proposed siting of a superstore in their town or neighborhood. Opponents criticize Wal-Mart superstores for putting local independent merchants out of business, siphoning money from the local economy, providing substandard jobs, disrupting residential neighborhoods, contributing to the 'McDonaldization' of society, inducing sprawl, destroying downtowns and Main Streets, and undermining local uniqueness and small town charm. More generally, these David-and-Goliath controversies represent particularly stark examples of the conflict of interests between local communities and large corporations that have become common in contemporary society. Small Towns and Big Business uses fieldwork and archival sources to comprehensively examine these controversies and the underlying issues. While Wal-Mart is usually able to site its stores at its preferred locations, in some cases local opponents have been able to thwart its plans. Using detailed case studies of anti-superstore controversies in six small cities in five states, Halebsky employs a comparative-historical approach to construct an explanation of how some of these local social movements managed to prevail against Wal-Mart. This explanation is then extended to provide the basis for a model of the general conditions under which local communities may be able to constrain unwanted corporate action. Thus, this is both a study of social movement outcomes and an investigation of community-corporate conflict. Small Towns and Big Business provides insight into the potential of the local state to control large corporations, the inherently problematic nature of corporate retailing, the possibilities for resisting McDonaldization, and the fate of local anti-corporation activism. Lexington Books; January 2009 ISBN 9780739133477 Read online, or download in secure PDF format Title: Small Towns and Big Business Author: Stephen Halebsky Imprint: Lexington Books Subject categories Economics > Commerce Social Science > Anthropology > Cultural Professions and Applied Sciences Reference Business and Commerce > Business > Retail trade Business > Retailing Business > Small Business Social Science > Sociology ISBNs 0739133470 9780739122402 9780739133477 In The Press In a manner that will appeal to local activists, social scientists, and everyone affected by superstores, and with a judicious mix of on-site interviews, archival research, and keen theorizing, Halebsky produces a powerful argument for the importance of social movements at the community level engaging with the local state in anti-corporate struggles. Now that the voters of the USA have elected a one-time community organizer as President, perhaps we will see more successful outcomes. Leslie Sklairrrr About The Author Stephen Halebsky is assistant professor of sociology at SUNY-Cortland.

About The authore

Stephen Halebsky is assistant professor of sociology at SUNY-Cortland.

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Economics - Commerce Social Science - Anthropology - Cultural Professions and Applied Sciences Reference Business and Commerce - Business - Retail trade Business - Retailing Business - Small Business Social Science - Sociology

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0739133470 - 9780739122402 - 9780739133477

In The Press:

In a manner that will appeal to local activists, social scientists, and everyone affected by superstores, and with a judicious mix of on-site interviews, archival research, and keen theorizing, Halebsky produces a powerful argument for the importance of social movements at the community level engaging with the local state in anti-corporate struggles. Now that the voters of the USA have elected a one-time community organizer as President, perhaps we will see more successful outcomes. Leslie Sklairrrr

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Lexington Books

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