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Consumer research has posited an ambivalent role of choice in consumer empowerment, from liberating and including to disciplining and totalising. This article provides empirical evidence for this ambivalence and nuances how consumers navigate the liminal space between expert authority and...
This article explores the paradoxical staging of experiences of “inhospitality,” taking shape as commercialised opportunities for individuals, willing to be voluntarily subjected to kidnapping. Such “extreme” leisure is facilitated by companies specialising in simulated captivities of clients....
The sneaker is a near disposable foot cover and a precious cultural artefact. It is a platform for some of the most recognizable brands in the world to showcase new technology and a vessel for nostalgia. It is an afterthought we slip on as we shuffle to the bodega on a Sunday morning and an...
In spite of their normalized status in our global, cultural landscape, assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) remain surprisingly overlooked as a marketplace icon. This paper goes on to argue that ARTs enact the superlative, iconic “myth of rebellion” by tinkering with life, determining...
In this paper, we reconstruct the history of fashion shows and highlight the crucial role mediatization process have played in the turning of these events into marketplace icons. As the media and image reproduction technologies changed, so too did fashion shows, providing a different basis for...
The aim of this paper is to explore how digitally-enabled food provisioning platforms reconfigure households’ food consumption. Taking a market studies approach, and drawing on an ethnographic study of 15 households signing up to meal box schemes, the paper examines how meal box schemes, as...
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