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This study explores consumer empowerment in a maternity setting in the Republic of Ireland. Our results indicate that empowerment is a complex phenomenon influenced by many variables. While the current health services literature is focusing on active consumers of health services, our study shows...
This paper explores some of the subtle and complex roles which consumption culture may play in the moral development of children. We concentrate on the role of commodified celebrities in children’s understanding of moral questions, taking English soccer hero David Beckham as an example. We...
This article is based on a study of intergenerational transfers of contaminated objects, colloquially referred to as “heirlooms.” Motivations and processes are described within the central dialectic of an individual actor seeking positive affect through the pursuit of connectedness and...
In discussions of Islam and consumer practices, there is a tendency to focus exclusively on the “clash of cultures”, particularly that between Islam and the “west”. In Islamic societies, consumer culture is often portrayed as a threat, harmful to religion as it privileges hedonism, pleasure,...
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