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Consumption ethics: A Review and Analysis of Future Directions for Interdisciplinary Research.

Carrington, M. and Chatzidakis, A. and Goworek, H. and Shaw, D. (2020) 'Consumption ethics: A Review and Analysis of Future Directions for Interdisciplinary Research.', Journal of business ethics., 168 (2). pp. 215-238.


The terminology employed to explore consumption ethics, the counterpart to business ethics, is increasingly varied not least because consumption has become a central discourse and area of investigation across disciplines (e.g. Graeber, 2011). Rather than assuming interchangeability, we argue that these differences signify divergent understandings and contextual nuances and should, therefore, inform future writing and understanding in this area. Accordingly, this article advances consumer ethics scholarship through a systematic review of the current literature that identifies key areas of convergence and contradiction. We then present the articles in this Journal of Business Ethics Symposium and analyse how these articles fit within the interdisciplinary themes. Subsequently, we develop a transdisciplinary theoretical framework that encapsulates the complexity and contextual nature of consumption ethics. We conclude by outlining how genuinely transdisciplinary research into the intersection of ethics with consumption may develop.

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Additional Information:A correction to this article was published on 13 March 2020: In the published article the Acknowledgment section is missing. The following text should have been included: Acknowledgement The authors were supported by ESRC Seminar Series funding under award ES/M002446/1 in a series entitled ‘Ethics in Consumption: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’. The original version can be found at: 10.1007/s10551-020-04425-4
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Date accepted:28 December 2019
Date deposited:16 January 2020
Date of first online publication:18 January 2020
Date first made open access:18 January 2021

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