Journal of Consumer Ethics
An open access, digital-only, inter-disciplinary academic journal for research into ethical consumer behaviours, institutions, ideas, interventions and campaigns.
Welcome to Issue 1 of the Journal of Consumer Ethics
As we can see from the articles in this issue, the ideas of consumer ethics, consumption ethics and ethical consumers are contested and sometimes even controversial. Nevertheless, at the same time, we can see that they are also both popular and important.
These ideas are popular because, in the modern world, almost all of us are consumers, and most of us like to think of ourselves as, in some sense of the word, ethical.
This wide aspect to ethical consumption ideas is also reflected in the range of academic disciplines now beginning to focus on the subject. In this issue we focus on the ‘early adopters’ in geography, business studies, politics and marketing.
But in one of the two recent books reviewed here we also find texts from historians, anthropologists, psychologists, ethicists and urban planners. And in the news section we look at work from educationalists, farmers and hair dressers!
Vol 1 Issue 1
Published: 26th April 2017
Editorial and introduction
Rob Harrison – Ethical Consumer Research Association
Themed Section – Reflecting on classic texts on ethical consumption
Clive Barnett, Nick Clarke and Paul Cloke
Whatever happened to ethical consumption? Reflecting on ‘Consuming ethics: articulating the subjects and spaces of ethical consumption’ (2005)
Ian Cook et al
From ‘follow the thing: papaya’ (2004) to followthethings.com
Reflections on ‘Political Virtue and Shopping’ (2004)
Terry Newholm and Deirdre Shaw
Re-reading ‘Voluntary Simplicity and the Ethics of Consumption’ (2002)
Phani Kumar Chintakayala and C. William Young
Using big data to understand consumer behaviour on ethical issues
Robert Crocker (2016) “Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design”
UK: Modern Slavery: Consumer Perspectives
UK: ESRC ECRA Glasgow Collaborative PhD scholarship on clothing
UK: Southampton University and Sustainable Haircare
AUS: Consumers and tax avoidance
AUS: Children more ethical than their parents
NZ: Consumers embracing minimalism
USA: Conference on The Good Consumer: Consumption, Ethics, and Subjectivity
USA: Predue University study on Exploring Relationships between Ethical Consumption, Lifestyle Choices, and Social Responsibility.
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