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Gender and Ethical Consumption

Nov 8

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The second issue of Ethical Consumer’s academic journal considers how ethical consumption intersects with issues of gender 

This latest edition of The Journal of Consumer Ethics 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.


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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.

The breadth and quality of contributions to this second issue of The Journal of Consumer Ethics will create excitement around its future development as well as setting the bar high for future editors.


What is the Journal of Consumer Ethics?

Ethical Consumer, in collaboration with colleagues at universities in the UK and overseas, launched this new journal focusing on ethical consumption in April. 

Issue 1 focused on reflecting on classic texts on ethical consumerism

The journal is open access and available for free to anyone who wants to read it – academic or otherwise. Find out more on the Journal of Consumer Ethics website. 










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