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Vol 1 Issue 1

Reflections on classic texts on ethical consumerism
Published: April 2017
Edited by: Rob Harrison

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 book 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!

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Vol 1 Issue 2

Gender and Ethical Consumption
Published: October 2017
Edited by: Dr Sarah Marie Hall and Dr Helen Holmes

The second issue of questions why the relationship between gender and ethical consumption has been largely overlooked within academic agendas.

In doing so, this issue raises 3 key questions:

  • What can current research tell us about the relationship between gender and ethical consumption?
  • What theories, methods or approaches might help us to better understand this relationship?
  • What are the implications for understanding ethical consumption through the lens of gender, or gender through the lens of ethical consumption?

 Broadly split into two key themes, the issue:

(a) considers how the motivations, practices, and politics of ethical consumerism have gendered dimensions and can reveal gendered differences;

(b) and also applies feminist or gender-sensitive perspectives to investigating ethical consumerism.

Amongst the 13 contributors are NGOs, including Oxfam, and scholars from anthropology, business and management, economics and geography writing about their respective work in China, Denmark, Finland, Kenya, Spain, UK and USA.

The issue also covers a comprehensive range of issues.  Some are focused on different consumer goods including fashion, perfume, and ethical fur.  Others consider ethical consumption within particular spaces and places, such as energy use within the home and everyday family practices.  A further set approaches the topic through a corporate lens, examining ethical consumption from a branding and corporate social responsibility perspective.

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Vol 2 Issue 1

What is going on in ethical consumption
Published: June 2018
Edited by: Rob Harrison

This third issue is the first we have tried with no theme at all – just an attempt to capture some of what is going on in ethical consumption generally.

Our first article uses ethical consumption ideas as a lens to focus on the history of ivory consumption – from Roman furniture to the modern day illegal trade in artifacts from an endangered species.

Our second article looks at the difficulties of measuring ethical consumption using traditional marketing and economic ideas and tools.

We have a great review of a new book from the USA situating the recent political consumption campaigns against Trump in the country’s long history of consumer activism. And we have an extract from another book focussed on business ethics but which also identifies and discusses how changing consumer desires are driving new ideas around purpose in global business.

Our news section, as well as looking at some conferences and calls for papers, keeps us up to date with ethical consumer research around the world. We learn about studies from China, Romania, India and Saudi Arabia as well as about a mobile phone app project in Spain.

Finally we have a ‘practitioner paper’ from Heather Webb at Ethical Consumer on the state of reporting by companies on modern slavery in their supply chains, and what this means for consumers.

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Vol 2 Issue 2

Food and Ethical Consumption
Published: November 2018
Edited by: Marylyn Carrigan
The purpose of the issue is to bring together work that contributes to our understanding of food and ethical consumption, and the papers that feature illustrate how broad and complicated some of the challenges are relating to food and ‘eating well’.

Recent decades have seen an emerging agenda to support better food quality, greater authenticity and localness in production, sustainability, fairtrade, and animal welfare (Eden et al., 2008).

Issues such as food labelling, food justice and food poverty, alternative food networks, food tourism, slow food and food waste are increasingly at the forefront of discussions about the ethics of food consumption.

While the special issue may raise more problems and challenges than it provides answers and solutions, it signals fruitful territory for future research in food and ethical consumption.

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