The Impacts of Wal-Mart: The Rise and Consequences of the World's Dominant Retailer
Duke University - Department of Sociology - Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness
Michelle M. Christian
Duke University - Department of Sociology
August 1, 2009
Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 35, August 2009
Wal-Mart has been praised and pilloried as a template for twenty-first century capitalism. Therein lies the challenge in analyzing the world's largest retailer. We examine the sociological impact of Wal-Mart in terms of four themes: its business model and organizational structure, the dual impact of Wal-Mart's labor relations in terms of its own stores and working conditions in its global supply chain, the genesis and effectiveness of community mobilization against Wal-Mart, and how Wal-Mart's growth is linked to the emergence of buyer-driven commodity chains in the global economy. Wal-Mart underscores the value of a public sociology agenda that embraces three research criteria: the incorporation of new media and audiences, the need to go global with our research, and the ability to work for change from within.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: globalization, labor, community mobilization, buyer-driven commodity chainsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 5, 2010
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