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This directory introduces newcomers to the field of consumer studies with the periodical literature. It also aims to assist scholars from various disciplines in selecting appropriate journals as they seek to publish their work. The list of journals offer forums on a variety of themes related to consumption studies. If you don't see your favorite journal, please send us your suggestion with the link to the journal's home page. Thank you.


Consumption, Markets and Culture. Ed. Jonathan Schroeder.
"An outlet for the rich but largely unrepresented critical and groundbreaking scholarship which focuses on consumerism and the market as the site of social behavior, representation and discourse, Consumption, Markets and Cultures encourages interdisciplinary discussion in the areas of consumer culture, consumption, colonialism, globalization, communications, marketing, management, cultural studies and labor conditions. Combining theories of culture, media, gender and anthropology with methods of analyses in literary criticism, semiology and business management, the journal is international in its scope while being critical, challenging and iconoclastic in its aims."

Cultural Studies <-> Critical Methodologies. Ed. Norman K. Denzin. Sage.
"focus[es] on the intersection between cultural studies and research methods addressing specific methodological and interpretive frameworks and publishing peer reviewed research articles, critical analyses of contemporary media representations, autoethnography, poetry, and creative non-fiction."

International Journal of Consumer Studies. Blackwell Publishing. The International Journal of Consumer Studies provides an international forum for academic and research papers with a focus on how consumers can enhance their security and well being. It publishes articles of interest to an international audience and at the leading edge of consumer research throughout the world.

International Journal of Cultural Studies. Sage Online Journals. The journal features theoretical, empirical and historical research which is based in local and regional realities, and deals with everyday practices, identities, media, texts and cultural forms. It publishes work which suggests new directions, ideas and modes of inquiry to reinvigorate cultural studies for a new generation of researchers and readers.

Journal of Consumer Culture. Sage. "...groundbreaking debates and articles that focus on consumption and consumer culture. Global in perspective and drawing on both theory and empirical research, the journal reflects the need to engage critically with modern consumer culture and to understand its central role in contemporary social processes."

Journal of Consumer Research. University of Chicago.
"...scholarly research aimed at describing and explaining consumer behavior, in the broadest sense of the term. Empirical, theoretical, and methodological articles spanning fields such as psychology, marketing, sociology, economics, and anthropology are featured in this interdisciplinary quarterly. The primary thrust of JCR is academic, rather than managerial, with topics ranging from micro-level processes (e.g., brand choice) to more macro-level issues (e.g., the development of materialistic values)."

Journal of Research for Consumers.
"A Web-based interdisciplinary journal publishing consumer research that furthers the interests of consumers through information provision and theoretical advancements. Empirical, theoretical, and methodological articles are featured, along with commentaries and essays that seek to further consumers' understanding of the consumption process and its many implications. The Journal is a "free-to-air" online-only journal."

Journal of Economic Psychology
"..."Invites submissions of psychologically oriented manuscripts on consumers, commodities, and consumption."

Marketing Theory. Eds.-in-Chief, Dawn Burton and Barbara Stern. Sage.
"...provides a specialised academic medium and main reference for the development and dissemination of alternative and critical perspectives on marketing theory." The journal publishes theory papers and speculative essays, review articles and theoretically grounded methodology and empirical articles.

Special Issues of Journals

Feminist Review. (2002). "Restyling Feminisms: New Takes on Fashion and Beauty." (71)

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (August 2001). Devoted to Ethnographic Contributions To Understanding Marketing And Consumer Behavior. Ed. Eric J. Arnould.

Poetics. Eds. John Ryan and Michael Hughes. (28):2,3.

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