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Hidden consumers in marketing - the neglect of consumers with scarce resources in affluent societies

Författare:
  • Torbjörn Hjort
  • Karin M Ekström
Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 697-712
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Marketing Management
Volym: 25
Nummer: 7-8
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Westburn Publishers

Abstract english

Abstract Research in marketing has neglected economic scarcity in affluent

societies, with a few exceptions. Many affluent states are today facing financial difficulties and a global belief in the market as self-regulating, and in de-regulation have led to a focus on consumer agency. This has also contributed to a widening gap regarding opportunities to consume in affluent societies. The purpose of this article is to bring attention to the importance of considering economic scarcity in affluent societies among marketers in studies on consumption by using theoretical concepts from welfare studies such as inclusion and exclusion, participation and inequality. Researchers who ignore the consequences of the lower strata in the income hierarchy disregard the complexity of consumption. It is argued that regardless of income, we are all consumers, but with different opportunities and abilities. The hegemony of free choice needs to be challenged.

Keywords

  • Social Work
  • Social comparison.
  • Participation
  • Inclusion/exclusion
  • Consumption
  • Welfare

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Published
  • ISSN: 0267-257X
E-post: torbjorn.hjort [at] soch.lu.se

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