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Title: The history of conspicuous consumption in the United Kingdom: 1945 – 2000
Authors: Patsiaouras, Georgios
First Published: 6-Nov-2017
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 2017, 9 (4)
Abstract: Purpose This study aims to provide a historical understanding of conspicuous consumption phenomena in the context of the United Kingdom, between 1945 and 2000. It considers how status-driven consumption has been shaped by economic, technological and cultural factors. Design/methodology/approach Adopting a periodization scheme, concerning two time structures between 1945 and 2000, this paper is based on research stemming from a wide range of data such as academic studies, research articles, narrative history books, past advertisements, novels and biographies. Rich interdisciplinary data from the realms of political economy, sociology, cultural geography and consumption studies have been synthesized so as to provide a marketing-oriented historical outlook on conspicuous consumption phenomena. Findings Status-driven consumption in the United Kingdom has been heavily influenced by economic policies, cultural changes and public perceptions towards wealth during the second half of the twentieth century. Post-war rationing, youth-driven fashions, free-market economics and technological advances have played a crucial role in forming consumers’ tastes and engagement with ostentatious economic display. Originality/value Although the vast majority of marketing studies have approached luxury consumption through a psychological angle, this examination identifies the capacity of historical research to uncover and highlight the interrelationships between socio-economic factors and status-motivated consumption.
DOI Link: 10.1108/JHRM-05-2017-0014
ISSN: 1755-750X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Emerald. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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