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Naturalness as a safe haven: parental consumption practices and the management of risk

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Purpose
This paper aims to present an analysis of the various dimensions of naturalness that shape the consumption practices of parents with young children.
Design/methodology/approach
The study builds on semi-structured interviews with 17 mothers and fathers focusing on parental decision-making in everyday consumption from pregnancy to the first years of the child’s life.
Findings
Naturalness is a tool allowing parents to navigate in a world of risks and part of an everyday consumption practice that constructs and maintains children as vulnerable and parents as responsible. Parents perceive naturalness as something with three dimensions: familiarity, purity and culture. These three dimensions lead to different parental practices around consumption.
Originality/value
The analysis contributes to the authors’ understanding of parenting, childhood, risk, safety and consumption by showing how and why parents of young children construct naturalness as a three-dimensional ideal in their consumption practices.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftYoung Consumers
Vol/bind19
Tidsskriftsnummer3
Sider (fra-til)296-309
Antal sider14
ISSN1747-3616
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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