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Ethical living: relinking ethics and consumption through care in Chile and Brazil

[Nuevo artículo de Tomás Ariztía, Nurjk Agloni, Léna Pellandini-Simányi en British Journal of Sociology]

“Ethical living: relinking ethics and consumption through care in Chile and Brazil”

Tomás Ariztía, Nurjk Agloni, Léna Pellandini-Simányi


Mainstream conceptualizations of ‘ethical consumption’ equate the notion with conscious, individual, market-mediated choices motivated by ethical or political aims that transcend ordinary concerns. Drawing on recent sociology and anthropology of consumption literature on the links between ordinary ethics and ethical consumption, this article discusses some of the limitations of this conceptualization. Using data from 32 focus groups conducted in Chile and Brazil, we propose a conceptualization of ethical consumption that does not centre on individual, market-mediated choices but understands it at the level of practical outcomes, which we refer to as different forms of ‘ethical living’. To do that, we argue, we need to depart from the deontological understanding of ethics that underpins mainstream approaches to ethical consumption and adopt a more consequentialist view focusing on ethical outcomes. We develop these points through describing one particular ordinary moral regime that seemed to be predominant in participants’ accounts of ethics and consumption in both Chile and Brazil: one that links consumption and ethics through care. We show that the moral regime of care leads to ‘ethical outcomes’, such as energy saving or limiting overconsumption, yet contrary to the mainstream view of ethical consumption emphasizing politicized choice expressed through markets, these result from following ordinary ethics, often through routines of practices.

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Cfp_Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets

Debt trails: Mapping relations of debt and credit from everyday actors to global credit markets. A workshop with Paul Langley and Liz McFall, 3-4 March 2016, Budapest, Hungary, ELTE University.

The 2007-8 global financial crisis was interpreted by many as a challenge to mainstream economics and as an opportunity for social sciences to provide alternative explanations. This opportunity has hardly been realised, even though the crisis has given further impetus to studies looking at credit and debt outside the economics discipline. One of the reasons lays in the disciplinary variety and theoretical lenses used by social sciences, ranging from economic sociology to economic geography, political economy and social studies of finance, which arguably do not provide a uniform, let alone universal explanation as economics does.  Continue reading

Consumption Norms and Everyday Ethics

Tomás Ariztía reseña el libro Consumption Norms and Everyday Ethics de Léna Pellandini-Simányi en Consumption Markets & Culture. En resumen:

Consumption Norms and Everyday Ethics offers a systematic analysis of everyday consumption norms by discussing different contemporary theoretical accounts of the links between consumption, norms and ethics. Author Pellandini-Simányi, who teaches in the Department of Media and Communication at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, takes a cultural standpoint and situates everyday consumption practices as embedded in moral repertoires. Thus it can be placed in the same line as other culturally oriented views of consumption whose origins can be found in cultural sociology, anthropology and material culture studies. The book is part of the Consumption and Public Life series at Palgrave Macmillan, edited by Frank Trentmann and Richard Wilk […] Overall I think that this book provides a welcome contribution to the growing body of literature focused on examining consumption moralities by presenting a broad and well-crafted theoretical examination of the normative dimension of everyday consumption.” Continue reading