Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Khoo, S
Health Promotion Centre Annual Conference
Reinterpreting the consumer citizen
NUI Galway
Poster Presentation
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This poster/ paper examines the potential of alternative consumer activism to contribute to the realization of the rights to health and development. The Right to a Healthy Environment is explored as a concept that may add value to the debate. Alternative consumer activism presents significant sites of nodal governance through which local and global health rights are claimed. The alternative consumer approach distinctively integrates health with development, social justice and environmental concerns. This form of consumer activism fits with rights-based approaches, emphasising entitlements, accountability and participation. This case-study in nodal governance takes one Malaysian NGO, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) as a starting point to trace the development of networked consumer campaigns contesting global health governance. These largely Southern networks have made a significant contribution to mobilizing health rights and protecting public health.  
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Biomedical Science and Engineering, Environment, Marine and Energy, Humanities in Context