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Moral economies of consumption

Wheeler, Kathryn (2017) 'Moral economies of consumption.' Journal of Consumer Culture. ISSN 1469-5405

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Abstract

The aim of this article is twofold: first, to bring together debates about enduring normative concerns surrounding the morality of consumption with more recent concerns about the ways specific moralities are constituted in and through markets. The second aim is to develop the concept of ‘moral economy’ and call for an approach to its study, attentive to how moralities of consumption develop through interactions between instituted systems of provision, forms of state regulation, customs within communities and the everyday reflections of consumers about the things that matter to them. As consumers are increasingly asked to factor environmental and fair labour concerns into their purchase and post-purchase habits, there is a real need to understand how moralities of consumption are both formatted through institutional frameworks and shaped everyday by actors from within. After developing a framework for the study of moral economies, this article explores in depth the experiences of one couple in relation to the cessation of a cardboard recycling collection in Shropshire (England) to show why a multilevel perspective is needed to appreciate the place of morality within the market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consumption, Consumer critique, Economic Sociology, Moral Economy, Morality, Recycling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20204

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