Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The field of consumption studies was an early touchstone for major debates on macro-social change, especially around the issues of globalisation and aestheticization. Following in this tradition, Consumption and Society aims to revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities. Read more
Frequency: April, September
Aims and scope
Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The field of consumption studies was an early touchstone for major debates on macro-social change, especially around the issues of globalisation and aestheticization. Following in this tradition, Consumption and Society aims to revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities.
Consumption and Society is affiliated with the European Sociological Association's Research Network on the Sociology of Consumption (ESA RN5) and the Sustainable Consumption Research & Action Initiative (SCORAI) Europe, as well as the British Sociological Association’s Consumption Study Group. A key feature of the journal is to reflect the pluralism of these networks, as well as of the field of consumption studies more broadly. While anchored in the sociological understanding of consumption, the journal welcomes submissions from a diverse range of cognate disciplines and fields, including: anthropology, geography, gender studies, history, marketing and Consumer Culture Theory (CCT), media and communication studies, political science, Science and Technology Studies, and environmental social sciences.
The Editors invite empirical, theoretical and methodological contributions to the study of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. Principally, Consumption and Society publishes peer reviewed, theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as purely theoretical contributions. The journal also publishes other formats, including Keyword Essays, Book Review Essays, Book Reviews and Interviews. The Editors welcome proposals for Special Issues and Special Sections to promote novel research agendas, as well as proposals for innovative and novel formats.
Consumption and Society actively seeks contributions from beyond Europe and North America and is committed to promoting scholarship from the Global South. The journal is also committed to supporting emerging, early career researchers.
"Consumption is an increasingly important part of contemporary life, contributing to the most urgent problems facing the globe - climate destabilization, inequality, and the failures of capitalism. Scholars' previous paradigms for understanding consumption are increasingly inadequate, as we grapple with profound changes to how people live. This new journal will be an important outlet for the latest theory and research, and will help us to redefine the field."
Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College, USA
"From the perspective of sustainable consumption as a scholarly field, this journal is a welcome venue for serious scholars to exchange ideas and report significant research findings."
Halina S. Brown, co-founder of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) and Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University, USA
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Consumption and Society publishes original research articles, keyword essays, book review essays, book symposia, book reviews, and interviews.
If you are interested in contributing pieces in any of the following categories, please contact the Editors to discuss. The following types of contributions are reviewed internally by members of the Management Board.
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Aghtaie, N. and Gangoli, G. (2015) National and international perspectives to gender based violence, Abingdon: Routledge.
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Williamson, E. and Abrahams, HA. (2014) ‘A review of the provision of intervention programmes for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the UK’, Journal of Women and Social Work, 29(1): 178-191.
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Hester, M. (2012) ‘Globalization, activism and local contexts: Development of policy on domestic violence in China and England’, in MT Segal, EN Chow and V Demos (eds) Social production and reproduction at the interface of public and private spheres, London: Emerald, pp 273-294.
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Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse?, https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/.
Marlyne Sahakian, Co-Editor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Stefan Wahlen, Co-Editor, University of Giessen, Germany
Dan Welch, Co-Editor, University of Manchester, UK
Manisha Anantharaman, Associate Editor, Saint Mary’s College of California, US
David Evans, Associate Editor, University of Bristol, UK
Ben Fine, Associate Editor, SOAS, University of London, UK
Irmak Karademir-Hazir, Associate Editor, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Tally Katz-Gerro, Associate Editor, University of Haifa, Israel
Alan Warde, Associate Editor, University of Manchester, UK
Africa: Samuel Bonsu, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana
East Asia: I-Liang Wahn, Tunghai University, Taiwan
Latin America: Tomas Ariztia, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
North America: Manisha Anantharaman, Saint Mary's College of California, US
South Asia: Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines
Tomas Ariztia, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
Philip Balsiger, Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Samuel Bonsu, Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration, Ghana
Alison Browne, University of Manchester, UK
Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier, Sciences Po, France.
Arne Dulsrud, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Antonietta Di Giulio, University of Basel, Switzerland
Frances Fahy, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Francesca Forno, University of Trento, Italy
Doris Fuchs, University of Munster, Germany
Laurence Godin, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Mary Greene, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Rafi Grosglik, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Bente Halkier, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Arve Hansen, University of Oslo, Norway
Eva Heiskanen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lotte Holm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Emily Huddard Kennedy, The University of British Columbia, Canada
María José Ibarrola-Rivas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
Tullia Jack, Lund University, Sweden
Peter Jackson,University of Sheffield, UK
Eivind Jacobsen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Charlotte Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Mikko Laamanen, Emlyon Business School, Lyon, France
Senja Laakso, University of Helsinki, Finland
Adrian Leguina, Loughborough University, UK
Giullio Mattioli, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
Steven R. McGreevy, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan
Janna Michael, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Lucie Middlemiss, University of Leeds, UK
Barbara Muraca, University of Oregon, US
Filippo Oncini, University of Manchester, UK
Marie Plessz, National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France
Henrike Rau, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Anders Rhiger Hansen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Inge Røpke, Aalborg University, Denmark
Roberta Sassatelli, University of Bologna, Italy
Julia Steinberger, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Dale Southerton, University of Bristol, UK
Yolanda Strengers, Monash University, Australia
Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Hilje van der Horst, Waginengen University, Netherlands
Gordon Walker, Lancaster University, UK
Rick Wilk, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Terhi-Anna Wilska, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Dunfu Zhang, Shanghai University, China
Di Zhu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Call for Special Issues and Themed Sections
Call for papers
The Editors of Consumption and Society invite proposals for Special Issues or Themed Sections, in the format described below. The Editors will announce their initial decisions on proposals received, and indicate those accepted for development and planned publication, at the latest four weeks after submission.
What are we looking for in a Consumption and Society Special Issue or Themed Section?
How to present a Special Issue / Themed Section proposal for Consumption and Society
A special issue / themed section proposal must include ALL the following information:
What do we like to see in a Special Issue or Themed Section?
How will proposals be assessed?
A Special Issue / Themed Section selection committee, comprising the Co-Editors and selected members from the management board, will review all proposals received and make decisions based on the following criteria:
- Does the proposal seek to challenge dominant assumptions?
- Will it set the agenda in terms of future debates?
- Does it have novel, timely or innovative dimensions?
- Does it aim to fill a significant gap in the current literature?
- Are the proposed guest editors experts in the field?
- Do they have a track record of producing cutting-edge research?
- Is their timetable realistic?
- Have they explained how they will steer and manage the development of the Special Issue / Themed section?
- Do they have the time and capacity to dedicate the required level of attention to this project?
The editorial process
If a proposal is accepted, a timeline will be established between the guest editors and journal editors. It is vital that agreed timelines are met.
Guest editor(s) will be expected to manage the process of:
The Editors will aim to publish the Special Issue/ Themed Section according to the original agreed timeline, but proposers should note, and inform all potential contributors, that Consumption and Society’s Editors may decide to:
Be among the first to publish in Consumption and Society and revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century.
Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities. While anchored in sociological understandings of consumption, the journal welcomes submissions from a diverse range of cognate disciplines and fields, including: anthropology, geography, gender studies, history, marketing and Consumer Culture Theory (CCT), media and communication studies, political science, Science and Technology Studies, and environmental social sciences.
We invite theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as theoretical and methodological pieces, that contribute to the understanding of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. Submissions may be up to 8000 words. The journal also publishes other, shorter, formats, including Keyword Essays, Book Review Essays, Book Reviews and Interviews. If you are interested in contributing non-standard pieces, please contact the Editors to discuss – we welcome proposals for innovative ideas and novel formats. The Editors also welcome suggestions for Special Issues and shorter Special Sections (three or four related papers), to promote novel research agendas.
The Editors aim to encourage inclusivity and diversity in Consumption and Society. The journal is actively supportive of submissions from early career scholars. We will promote scholarship from the Global South, and our Editorial Advisory Board includes Regional Representatives for Africa, Latin America and East and South Asia. See our full Editorial Board. We welcome suggestions for Special Issues or Special Sections that showcase scholarship from, and focus research on, specific geographical regions.
Consumption and Society is an online journal and accepted papers will be published from August 2022 as soon as the editorial process is complete. We are committed to a timely, intellectually rigorous, and collegial editorial and reviewing process. If you are interested in submitting to the journal, please see our instructions for authors, or contact the Editors to discuss non-standard submissions or ideas for Special Issue and Sections.
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