1st Edition

Consumer Vulnerability Conditions, contexts and characteristics

Edited By Kathy Hamilton, Susan Dunnett, Maria Piacentini Copyright 2015
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Consumer vulnerability is of growing importance as a research topic for those exploring wellbeing. This book provides space to critically engage with the conditions, contexts and characteristics of consumer vulnerability, which affect how people experience and respond to the marketplace and vice versa.

    Focussing on substantive, ethical, social and methodological issues, this book brings together key researchers in the field and practitioners who work with vulnerability on a daily basis. Organised into 4 sections, it considers consumer vulnerability and key life stages, health and wellbeing, poverty, and exclusion. Methodologically the chapters draw on qualitative research, employing a variety of methods from interview, to the use of poetry, film and other cultural artefacts.

    This book will be of interest to marketing and consumer research scholars and students and also to researchers in other disciplines including sociology, public policy and anthropology, and practitioners, policy makers and charitable organisations working with vulnerable groups.

    Part I: Mapping the Domain of Consumer Vulnerability Introduction 2. On Consumer Vulnerability: Foundations, phenomena, and future investigations 3. An Inclusive Approach to Consumer Vulnerability: Exploring the contributions of intersectionality 4. Justice in Injustice, Power in Vulnerability: The dialogic potential of The Uncondemned 5. Asking for Trouble: Some reflections on researching bereaved consumers 6. Consumer Vulnerability is Market Failure  Part II: Consumer Vulnerability and Key Life Stages 7. Children as Vulnerable Consumers 8. Consuming Childhood Grief 9. An Adolescent-Centric Approach to Consumer Vulnerability: New implications for public policy 10. Care Leavers’ Experiences of Assuming Consumer Roles During the Transition to Adulthood 11. Older People: Citizens in a consumer society  Part III: Consumer Vulnerability, Health and Wellbeing 12. Health Shocks, Identity and Consumer Vulnerability 13. Social Exclusion: A perspective on consumers with disabilities  Part IV: Consumer Vulnerability, Poverty and Exclusion 14. Towards an Understanding of Religion-Related Vulnerability in Consumer Society 15. Descent into Financial Difficulty and the Role of Consumer Credit 16. Poverty, Shame and the Vulnerable Consumer 17. Poverty Proofing the School Day


    Kathy Hamilton, is Senior Lecturer in Marketing, University of Strathclyde UK; Susan Dunnett, is Lecturer in Marketing, University of Edinburgh, UK; Maria Piacentini, is Professor in Consumer Behaviour, Lancaster University, UK.

    'This indispensable book provides a representation of vulnerability—a potentially transitory and universal human condition—that is concurrently sensitive but not sentimental, comprehensive but multifaceted, conscience awakening but programmatic. It mobilizes us as responsive consumers, managers, policy makers, and citizens.' - Luca M. Visconti, Associate Professor, ESCP Europe, France

    'This is a very useful and detailed source for scholars, students and decision makers seeking deep insight into the difficult and challenging area of consumer vulnerability. However, the book is more than that as it represents an important contribution to the developing understanding of how marketing and consumer research can evolve from being part of the cause of the problems highlighted, to being part of the solution.' - Iain Black, Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University, UK

    'This important collection brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise. The range of contributors bring insights from both academic and practitioner perspectives, providing engaging and thought provoking explorations of the conditions and contexts of consumer vulnerability.' - Emma Banister, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester, UK