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New motherhood: a moment of change in everyday shopping practices

Burningham, Kate, Venn, Susan, Christie, Ian, Jackson, Timothy and Gatersleben, Birgitta (2014) New motherhood: a moment of change in everyday shopping practices Young Consumers, 15 (3). pp. 211-226.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to draw on data from 16 interviews (two each with eight women) to explore some of the ways in which everyday shopping may change as women become mothers. The meanings, practices and implications of the transition to motherhood have long been a topic for sociological inquiry. Recently, interest has turned to the opportunities offered by this transition for the adoption of more sustainable lifestyles. Becoming a mother is likely to lead to changes in a variety of aspects of everyday life such as travel, leisure, cooking and purchase of consumer goods, all of which have environmental implications. The environmental impacts associated with such changes are complex, and positive moves toward more sustainable activities in one sphere may be offset by less environmentally positive changes elsewhere.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper draws on data from 16 interviews (two each with eight women) to explore some of the ways in which everyday shopping may change as women become mothers.

Findings

This paper focuses on the ways in which modes and meanings of everyday shopping may shift through the transition to mother, and on indicating any potential sustainability implications. The paper explores the adoption of more structured shopping and of shifting the mode of grocery shopping online or offline. The paper draws attention to the way in which practices are embedded and interrelated and argue that more consideration needs to be given to the influence of all household members.

Originality/value

The question here is not whether women purchase different products or consume more once they have a child, but rather how does the everyday activity of shopping for groceries and the meanings it has change with new motherhood and what sustainability implications might this have? In this context, this paper provides a novel addition to research on new mothers and consumption.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Burningham, KateK.Burningham@surrey.ac.uk
Venn, SusanS.Venn@surrey.ac.uk
Christie, IanI.Christie@surrey.ac.uk
Jackson, TimothyT.Jackson@surrey.ac.uk
Gatersleben, BirgittaB.Gatersleben@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2014
DOI : 10.1108/YC-11-2013-00411
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sustainability, Consumption, Motherhood, Transitions, Shopping practices
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 31 Aug 2018 13:18
Last Modified : 31 Aug 2018 13:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849174

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