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Consumer Ethics Across Cultures

Consumer Ethics Across Cultures 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Consumption Markets and Culture Taylor & Francis

Consumer Ethics Across Cultures

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1477-223X
eISSN
1025-3866
DOI
10.1080/10253860500160411
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Consumption Markets and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2005

Keywords: Consumer Ethics; Culture; Business Ethics; Counterfeit; Environment; Labor Conditions; Videography

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