A history for consumption ethics

Newholm, T., Newholm, S. and Shaw, D. (2014) A history for consumption ethics. Business History, 57(2), pp. 290-310. (doi: 10.1080/00076791.2014.935343)

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The histories we give to production and consumption affect our present and future business understandings. We question recent works that have ascribed a relatively short history to consumption ethics. Drawing on writers, across a number of academic disciplines, we conclude evidence exists to make the case against understanding consumption ethics as new to the twenty-first century. We argue that acknowledging a long history for consumption ethics challenges contemporary economic stereotypes of consumers as self-interested maximisers. It also modifies our understanding of the relationship between corporate and consumer social responsibility.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shaw, Professor Deirdre
Authors: Newholm, T., Newholm, S., and Shaw, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Business History
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN (Online):1743-7938

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