Consumer ethics across cultures

Publisher:
Routledge
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Consumption, Markets and Culture, 2005, 8 (3), pp. 275 - 289
Issue Date:
2005-01
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Consumer ethics are an understudied but important counterpart of business ethics. In this study we use qualitative methods and video ethnography to examine consumer beliefs and behaviors in eight countries, including both affluent and poor nations in Europe, North America and Australasia. Using depth interviews and projective methods, informants address three different ethical choices of products involving harm to the environment, poor labor conditions, and counterfeit goods. As the accompanying video reveals, there is a general lack of consumer concern for such issues across cultures. We examine the justifications offered for these views and consider implications for altering consumer behavior.
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