Consumption research is burgeoning across a wide range of disciplines. The Routledge Handbook on Consumption gathers experts from around the world to provide a nuanced overview of the latest scholarship in this expanding field. At once ambitious and timely, the volume provides an ideal map for those looking to position their work, find new analytic insights and identify research gaps. With an intuitive thematic structure and resolutely international outlook, it engages with theory and methodology; markets and businesses; policies, politics and the state; and culture and everyday life. It will be essential reading for students and scholars across the social and economic sciences.

chapter 1|9 pages

Consumption research revisited

Charting of the territory and introducing the handbook

part I|46 pages

Theoretical and methodological perspectives on consumption

part II|59 pages

Consumers and markets

chapter 6|11 pages

Marketing and consumer research

An uneasy relationship

chapter 7|11 pages

Consumers and brands

How consumers co-create

chapter 8|11 pages

From production and consumption to prosumption

A personal journey and its larger context

chapter 10|10 pages

Crises and consumption

part IV|75 pages

Politics and policies of consumption

chapter 17|13 pages

Food labelling as a response to political consumption

Effects and contradictions

chapter 19|11 pages


Consumer protection and empowerment

chapter 21|12 pages

Behaviorally informed consumer policy

Research and policy for “humans”

part VII|72 pages

Culture, media and consumption