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Beginning with contemporary critiques of consumer culture as a starting point for a discussion of the sources and directions of corporate strategy and structure, the history of the firm of S. Hoffnung and Co. is traced from inception in 1851 until its takeover by Burns Philp in 1980. The...
Over the past half century, consumers in Australia have increasingly been confronted with a plethora of health food products. This paper focuses on health food that encourages consumption through the promise of health benefits. In this context, media representation of such food serves as a lens...
Twenty years after they were first broadcast, Australia’s tourism advertisements of the 1980s featuring Paul Hogan remain the measuring stick to which subsequent Australian tourism campaigns have been compared. This article contends that such comparisons are flawed, as they fail to pay adequate...
The Riverina region of New South Wales has a history of co‐operative forms of production and consumption. This paper focuses on three Rochdale rural consumer co‐operatives in this region. While the paper argues that marketing the co‐operatives in terms of their community links and democratic...
This paper explores the role of consumers as co‐producers of community banks in Australia. Through narrative analysis of the “histories” on the community bank websites, the paper highlights the interconnectedness of consumption and production processes. The paper shows how as co‐managers in the...
“Arrested emotions” references the capitalist firm’s conscious mobilization of prosumers’ emotions and their associated expressions as amenable input for production within corporate confines. We draw on reality TV – The Bachelor and Extreme Makeover (Home Edition) – to suggest the centrality of...
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