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This article conceptualizes algorithmic consumer culture, and offers a framework that sheds new light on two previously conflicting theorizations: that (1) digitalization tends to liquefy consumer culture and thus acts primarily as an empowering force, and that (2) digitalized marketing and big...
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the food production, distribution, and consumption industries in unprecedented ways. As food continues to play a fundamental role in identity representation processes and identity change, it becomes essential to understand how the pandemic and the resulting...
Consumer understanding of the past often revolves around myths or sanitized versions of history. Consumers resort to these fantasies to connect with values they feel are lost in modern life. Interpreted, however, such imaginations may also invoke moral dilemmas. Findings from interviews...
This paper examines the understanding of poverty emerging in voluntourists’ accounts of their first-hand experiences of poverty alleviation. Based on the ethnography of an orphanage in Nepal, we show that despite voluntourists’ good intentions and even (self-)criticism of the volunteer tourism...
We provide a critical reading of plastic in consumer culture highlighting its furtive omnipresence and supporting role in enabling the consumption of countless products, services, and brands, including many previously identified marketplace icons. We introduce the term “passengerial icon” to...
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