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Belief formation in ethical consumer groups: an exploratory study

Deirdre Shaw (Lecturer, Department of Consumer Studies, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Ian Clarke (Booker Professor of Retail Marketing, Durham University Business School, Durham, UK)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 1 April 1999


Belief formation is a neglected part of research in consumer behaviour and a potentially valuable area of study for helping to clarify the conditions under which they relate to actual patterns of behaviour. Outlines the results of qualitative research undertaken as part of a major study of readers of the UK Ethical Consumer magazine, which used focus groups to explore issues of major concern to ethical consumers – such as fair trade – and an elicitation questionnaire with a broader sample to ascertain the nature of factors influencing their beliefs on this subject.



Shaw, D. and Clarke, I. (1999), "Belief formation in ethical consumer groups: an exploratory study", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 109-120.




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