Daily existence is more interconnected to consumer behaviors than ever before, encompassing many issues of well-being. Problems include unhealthy eating; credit card mismanagement; alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and gambling abuse; marketplace discrimination; and ecological deterioration; as well as at-risk groups who are impoverished, impaired, or elderly. Opportunities for well-being via consumer behaviors include empowerment via the Internet, product sharing, leisure pursuits, family consumption, and pro-environmental activities, among others.
In 2005 the Association for Consumer Research launched Transformative Consumer Research (TCR). Its mission is to foster research on quality of life that is both rigorous and applied for better assisting consumers, their caregivers, policy administrators, and executives.
This edited volume includes 33 chapters on a wide range of topics by expert international authors. All royalties from sales of this book are donated to the Association to support TCR grants.
Table of Contents
M. Csikszentmihalyi, Foreword: Consuming and Evolving. Part 1: Declaring and Projecting Transformative Consumer Research D.G. Mick, S. Pettigrew, C. Pechmann, J.L. Ozanne, The Origins, Qualities, and Envisionments of Transformative Consumer Research. A.R. Andreasen, M.E. Goldberg, M.J. Sirgy, Foundational Research on Consumer Welfare: Opportunities for a Transformative Consumer Research Agenda. B. Wansink, Activism Research: Designing Transformative Lab and Field Studies. J.L. Ozanne, E.M. Fischer, Sensitizing Principles and Practices Central to Social Change Methodologies. Part 2: Economic and Social Issues M. Viswanathan, Conducting Transformative Consumer Research: Lessons Learned in Moving from Basic Research to Transformative Impact in Subsistence Markets. C.J. Shultz II, S.J. Shapiro,Transformative Consumer Research in Developing Economies: Perspectives, Trends, and Reflections from the Field. J.A. Rosa, S. Geiger-Oneta, A. Barrios Fajardo, Hope and Innovativeness: Transformative Factors for Subsistence Consumer Merchants. J.D. Williams, G.R. Henderson, Discrimination and Injustice in the Marketplace: They Come in All Sizes, Shapes, and Colors. Part 3: Technological Edges D.L. Hoffman, Internet Indispensability, Online Social Capital, and Consumer Well-Being. R.V. Kozinets, F.M. Belz, P. McDonagh, Social Media for Social Change: A TCR Perspective. T.P. Novak, Quality of Virtual Life. Part 4: Materialism and the Environment J.E. Burroughs, A. Rindfleisch, What Welfare? On the Definition and Domain of Transformative Consumer Research and the Foundational Role of Materialism. P. McDonagh, S. Dobscha, A. Prothero, Sustainable Consumption and Production: Challenges for Transformative Consumer Research. W. Kilbourne, J. Mittelstaedt, From Profligacy to Sustainabil
David Mick is the Robert Hill Carter Professor of Marketing at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University. His research has focused on communication, motives, and meaning in consumer behavior, including advertising, self-gifts, technological products, materialism, and wisdom. His research has appeared in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Journal of Business Ethics, among other outlets. He has also previously co-edited three books, including The Why of Consumption (2000) and Inside Consumption: Consumer Motives, Goals, and Desires (2005). His research has received the Best Article award at the Journal of Consumer Research (1989), the Maynard Award for a prominent theoretical contribution in the Journal of Marketing (1999), and the Dunn Award for Excellence in Advertising Research from the University of Illinois (2004). He is presently a member of the editorial review boards at the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. David is also an elected Fellow of the Society for Consumer Psychology (2004), former Associate Editor and Head Editor of the Journal of Consumer Research (1997-2003), and past President of the Association for Consumer Research (2005).
Simone Pettigrew is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing in the UWA Business School at the University of Western Australia. Prior to becoming an academic researcher, Simone was employed in marketing positions in the Australian energy sector. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia and has published research in a variety of journals, including Marketing Theory, International Journal of Advertising, International Journal of Consumer Studies, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Australi
"The book is an extraordinary valuable source of theories, concepts, research approaches, and substantive domains that prioritizes consumer well-being within the academic consumer behaviour research." - Carlo Mari, School of Economics, University of Molise, Italy, in the Journal of Consumer Policy
"Just like the typical shopping mall, this book offers something tempting to everyone — whether you’re a researcher, practitioner, reformer, student, or simply a curious consumer. But unlike most stuff at the mall, the ideas on display here won’t make you fat and broke and degrade the environment, but instead, they provide new insights on how we can consume sustainably, healthily, and wisely on a changing and increasingly constrained planet." - Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute, Washington, DC, USA
"Having often written about the troubling impacts of over-consumption in America, I have long wished that scholars of marketing and consumer behavior would become deeply and directly involved in promoting the health and welfare of consumers and questioning the unsustainable impacts on the Earth of current consumption patterns. I have been delighted recently to see many of them take on this important challenge. With their perceptive theories and varied investigative methods, these academic consumer researchers bring exceptional skills to addressing and resolving key challenges of well-being that confront all of us worldwide. This inaugural book on Transformative Consumer Research brings together the best of their ground-breaking work and creates a foundation of knowledge and a guide for action and meaningful collaboration among researchers, consumers, activists, policy makers, and business executives. I urge you to read this timely book and join with its authors to help achieve a higher quality of life in a more sustainable society." - John de Graaf, document