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Title: A Psycho-Social Approach to Consumer Ethics
Authors: Chatzidakis, Andreas
Shaw, Deirdre
Allen, Matthew
First Published: 4-May-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Journal of Consumer Culture, 2018
Abstract: Research into consumer ethics has grown considerably over the last two decades. However most studies adopt either a psychological or a socio-cultural approach and there has been little in the way of bridging the two together. Accordingly, we draw on Kleinian psychoanalysis as a means of advancing an explicitly psycho-social understanding of consumer ethics. Following an emerging tradition that conceptualises moral dilemmas as questions of care, rather than abstract principles of moral and environmental justice, we conceptualise consumer care as a capacity that for its extension across difference and distance is subject to a variety of biographical, inter-subjective and institutional-level processes. Subsequently, we attempt to redress forms of theoretical reductionism noted in both psychological and socio-cultural accounts of everyday morality in consumption. We corroborate a more nuanced, mid-ground conceptualisation that neither precludes nor overstates the possibility of consumer agency whilst also locating agency in inanimate objects. Finally, we offer a methodological contribution by introducing a psychoanalytic (Kleinian) approach to analysing textual and visual data.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1469540518773815
ISSN: 1469-5405
eISSN: 1741-2900
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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