Why we need to re-think individualistic approaches to social marketing
What is it about?
Based on a meta-analysis of research published in Journal of Macromarketing and Journal of Public Policy and Marketing in the 1990s, the paper critically examines the applicability of the (at the time prevalent) empiricist approach to studying green consumerism (its conceptualizations and methodological commitments) to policy-oriented research, particularly its suitability for enhancing social change.
Why is it important?
The paper puts forth an argument that the (at the time) dominant individualistic and choice theoretic approach to studying green consumerism, and the techno-economic policy implications that it produces, are insufficient and inadequate for delivering the potentially valuable contribution that social scientific research might have for sustainable development. It also suggests an alternative, constructionist perspective that shifts attention to the social and cultural dynamics of green consumerism.
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