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  1. says:

    Samantha King’s Pink Ribbons Inc has been on my “to read” list for a while now I first became interested when I read a review of it that seemed to mimic my own thoughts and feelings towards the pink ribbon phenomenonDon’t get me wrong of course I am against breast cancer how can one be for cancer? But for some reason I have always felt strange about the tons of pink ribbon products and campaigns out there There was something about all of it that made me uneasy but I couldn’t uite put the feeling into wordsUntil now King has essentially summed up my hesitation for me albeit in a far academic and well researched way She discusses in much detail how breast cancer has become commercialized and how survivorship has been turned into a marketable experience in itself She examines issues of philanthropy cause related marketing and how fundraising money rarely goes to help pay for treatment of under served women of colorI think what strikes me most about this issue is that it touches so many of us I’m just as guilty as the next person for buying something I didn’t need simply because it was bedecked in pink ribbons We all want our money spent to mean something But at the same time it’s important to be an informed consumer and know exactly where and how much of your money is going to the cause And also be aware of the companies themselves Some of the companies that use breast cancer related marketing are guilty themselves of leaking toxic chemicals into the environment How does that make any sense?If you’re looking for an in depth critical study of breast cancer corporations philanthropy and the complex issues that go with all of that then definitely read this book


  2. says:

    King's approach is academic but not at all inaccessible For a topic like this where she's taking on some sacred cows it's important that she support her arguments with evidence which she does very convincingly not polemicallyTo me this was not at all an argument against participation in philanthropy or breast cancer activism Rather she suggests that we become mindful of how our action is being channeled in ways that benefit corporations and pose little threat to government to address social ineuities and environmental degradation


  3. says:

    This was a great book and made a clear connection for me in understanding the current approach consumer philantropy and it's origin in the Reagan era of economics The author does her homework and I continually find myself convinced of the argument she is trying to make The problem with the book for me however is that I certainly have uestions than those answered by the book


  4. says:

    The small print and the academic jargon make this book slightly less accessible than the documentary but it's still worth a read for anyone who wants a deeper dive into how neoliberalism and corporate philanthropy impact how breast cancer is conceptualized


  5. says:

    King's book reads like what it is a scholarly treatment of a women's health issue She researched a wide variety of interdisciplinary sources and the book shows off her insights well I do agree with some of the reviewers that her sentences are sometimes clunky but her brilliance shows through just the same She argues her points well with ample substantive evidence The issue of the cancer industrial complex as it has exploded along with neoliberalism corporate powerand consumer oriented activism is timely compelling infuriating and under researched King makes a notable effort to do something about this problem and I argue that she is successful I have always been uncomfortable with the pink ribbon campaign even before I survived one of the unsexy cancers that doesn't get any attention The pink ribbon campaign's seeming sunshiny optimism hides a cynical view of the American consumer as a rube who can be fooled by clever marketing campaigns into believing corporations really care about women's health and that by buying pink ribbon bedecked products they are doing something about breast cancer This ploy has worked well for uite some time but people are starting to wise up to it at long last As King points out repeatedly and effectively in Pink Ribbons Inc we have to get at the root causes and not let the clamor for awareness isn't everyone aware by now? and early detection which just feeds the cancer industrial complexsilence the voices asking WHY?


  6. says:

    Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month this book really changed my mind about the way we discuss and support breast cancer King takes a critical look at how much money is being raised through major events after all of the event costs have been suared she follows brand image and how association with the big C has helped corporations clean up and most importantly where any of that pink money is invested Hint it makes companies that build mammogram machines much richer and under insured women who discover breast cancer likely to die because of inadeuate care Conclusion buy the pink kitchen aide mixer because you like pink not because you think it may support a good cause or buy the on sale mixer in whatever color and donate the savings to an organization that uses the money in a way that either works to prevent or treat cancer not just detect it


  7. says:

    I picked up this book because I had read a review in a magazine I also lost someone to breast cancer in 2006 so I feel like this is what I am interested in at this moment I have done the CIBC Run for the Cure for a few years and I was slowly becoming bothered by everything having a pink ribbon on it Pink Ribbons Inc really confirmed what I was thinking that cause related marketing was taking over and the real issues with breast cancer are losing ground This book has taught me to really uestion whether those purchases I am making are really helping the cause I am interested in I think this a valuable lesson for people to learn especially with the take off of this kind of marketing


  8. says:

    An excellent critiue on the state of breast cancer advocacyconsumerism Really takes a good look at the marketing and underlining problems with awareness campaigns without taking away from what it all means to those who have the disease The tyranny of cheerfulness and pink washing are definitely now in my lexicon I also recommend watching the documentary of the same name for a little updated information and a general overview of what this book says


  9. says:

    This is good for anyone who livesworks in the non profit world A non biased expose on cause related marketing through breast cancer pink ribbonism This made me re think what it means to support a cause and most importantly what my own job meansA little heavy on the statistics but some good anecdotal ualities


  10. says:

    King examines the history of philanthropy and how breast cancer became such a prominent cause garnering far support and publicity than other diseases demonstrating the ability of American women to flex their political and economic muscle on behalf of an important cause


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Pink Ribbons Inc Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy

Read ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Samantha King

In 2005 than one million people participated in the Susan G Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure the largest network of 5K runs in the world Consumers thoughtfully choose products ranging from yogurt to cars responding to the promise that these purchases will contribute to a cure for the disease And hundreds of companies and organizations support Breast Cancer Awareness Month founded by a pharmaceutical company in 1985 and now recognized annually by the president of the United States What could be wrong with thatIn Pink Ribbons Inc Samantha King traces how breast cancer has been transformed from a stigmatized disease and individual tragedy to a market driven industry of survivorship In an unprecedente. King's approach is academic but not at all inaccessible For a topic like this where she's taking on some sacred cows it's important that she support her arguments with evidence which she does very convincingly not polemicallyTo me this was not at all an argument against participation in philanthropy or breast cancer activism Rather she suggests that we become mindful of how our action is being channeled in ways that benefit corporations and pose little threat to government to address social ineuities and environmental degradation

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D outpouring of philanthropy corporations turn their formidable promotion machines on the curing of the disease while dwarfing public health prevention efforts and stifling the calls for investigation into why and how breast cancer affects such a vast number of people Here for the first time King uestions the effectiveness and legitimacy of privately funded efforts to stop the epidemic among American women Pink Ribbons Inc grapples with issues of gender and race in breast cancer campaigns of businesses such as the National Football League; recounts the legislative history behind the breast cancer awareness postage stamp the first stamp in American history to raise funds for use outside the US Postal Ser. King's book reads like what it is a scholarly treatment of a women's health issue She researched a wide variety of interdisciplinary sources and the book shows off her insights well I do agree with some of the reviewers that her sentences are sometimes clunky but her brilliance shows through just the same She argues her points well with ample substantive evidence The issue of the cancer industrial complex as it has exploded along with neoliberalism corporate powerand consumer oriented activism is timely compelling infuriating and under researched King makes a notable effort to do something about this problem and I argue that she is successful I have always been uncomfortable with the pink ribbon campaign even before I survived one of the unsexy cancers that doesn't get any attention The pink ribbon campaign's seeming sunshiny optimism hides a cynical view of the American consumer as a rube who can be fooled by clever marketing campaigns into believing corporations really care about women's health and that by buying pink ribbon bedecked products they are doing something about breast cancer This ploy has worked well for uite some time but people are starting to wise up to it at long last As King points out repeatedly and effectively in Pink Ribbons Inc we have to get at the root causes and not let the clamor for awareness isn't everyone aware by now and early detection which just feeds the cancer industrial complexsilence the voices asking WHY

Read ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Samantha King

Vice; and reveals the cultural impact of activity based fund raising such as the Race for the Cure Throughout King probes the profound implications of consumer oriented philanthropy on how patients experience breast cancer the research of the biomedical community and the political and medical institutions that the breast cancer movement seeks to change Highly revelatory at times shocking Pink Ribbons Inc challenges the commercialization of the breast cancer movement its place in US culture and its influence on ideas of good citizenship responsible consumption and generositySamantha King is associate professor of physical and health education and women’s studies at ueen’s University in Kingston Ontar. This is good for anyone who livesworks in the non profit world A non biased expose on cause related marketing through breast cancer pink ribbonism This made me re think what it means to support a cause and most importantly what my own job meansA little heavy on the statistics but some good anecdotal ualities

  • Hardcover
  • 208
  • Pink Ribbons Inc Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy
  • Samantha King
  • English
  • 14 March 2017
  • 9780816648986