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Title: Critical Theory in Consumer Research : Advancing the Conversation
Authors: Earley, Amanda J.
First Published: 24-Nov-2015
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Citation: Earley, A, "Critical Theory in Consumer Research: Advancing the Conversation", ed. Thyroff, AE;Murray, JB;Belk, RW, 'Research in Consumer Behavior', 17, Emerald, 2015, pp. 77-87 (11)
Abstract: Purpose This paper reconsiders the role of critical theory within the field of consumer culture theory. Methodology/approach The paper is documentary evidence of a roundtable held at the 10th annual Consumer Culture Theory conference on the subject. The roundtable uses discussion and conceptual methods. Findings The author begins with a brief introduction to the use of critical theory in the academy and in CCT more specifically. In the course of the roundtable, it was discovered that the reason we do not talk about critical theory more often may be attributable to its success, rather than failure indeed, it has inspired so many new academic traditions, that we rarely pause to think of the various critical traditions in one place. Building on this foundation, participants were asked to discuss what critical theory means to them; what theorists they have used; what engagement they have had with critical theory traditions in CCT; and what their vision for critical theory influenced consumer research would be.
DOI Link: 10.1108/S0885-211120150000017020
ISSN: 0885-2111
ISBN: 978-1-78560-323-5
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Emerald. This chapter is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Deposited in accordance with the Publisher's Author rights policy, available at
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