The Paradox of Consumption: Scarcity and Affluence in the Swedish Welfare State

The aim of this paper is to increase the understanding of how Swedish low-income families get by in a society characterized by affluence but with restricted possibilities to take part of it. The findings imply that consumers with low and insecure income tend to develop different coping strategies to consumption in order to get by in their everyday life. The paper aims also to highlight the need for more interdisciplinary research on consumers who are marginalized, and emphasizes the benefits of integrating theories on consumption and welfare.



Citation:

Torbjörn Hjort and Karin M. Ekström (2006) ,"The Paradox of Consumption: Scarcity and Affluence in the Swedish Welfare State", in LA - Latin American Advances in Consumer Research Volume 1, eds. Silvia Gonzalez and David Luna, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 148-153.

Authors

Torbjörn Hjort, Växjö University, Sweden
Karin M. Ekström, Göteborg University, Sweden



Volume

LA - Latin American Advances in Consumer Research Volume 1 | 2006



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