Getting Real about Consumer Poverty: Deep Processes for Transformative Action

Martina Hutton, Canan Corus, Joshua Dorsey, Elizabeth Minton, Caroline Roux, Christopher P. Blocker, Jonathan Zhang

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To uncover pathways for understanding and alleviating poverty, this paper offers an alternative approach for examining the real and unseen processes of destitution and in-work poverty which shape the lives of consumers. We apply a critical realist paradigm structured around three core tenets — stratified realities, complex causations and generative structures — to surface the nuanced complexities of these issues. A critical realist lens encourages impact by focusing on the deep causes of enduring social problems and provides Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) scholars with an integrative way to work towards transformative policy action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1332-1355
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Consumer Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2022


  • Consumer poverty, destitution, in-work poverty, critical realism, stratified realities, complex causations, generative structures, deep policy, transformative consumer research

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