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posted on 12.05.2016, 10:15 authored by Seonaidh McDonald, Caroline J. Oates, Maree Thyne, Andrew TimmisAndrew Timmis, Claire Carlile
© 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. Abstract: Some unsustainable consumer behaviours have proved extremely hard to change or even challenge. Despite the fact that flying can be more damaging than any other activity that an individual can undertake, many otherwise green consumers still choose to fly, offering an opportunity to elicit narratives about the differences between their attitudes and behaviours. Qualitative interview data were gathered from self-selected green consumers and set within a cognitive dissonance analytical framework. Four strategies were uncovered: not changing travel behaviour (but offering justifications related to travel product, travel context or personal identity); reducing or restricting flights; changing other behaviours to compensate for flying; and stopping flying. This analysis furthers research on green consumer rationales for (un)sustainable behaviours and suggests several avenues for sustainable marketing management.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Journal of Marketing Management

Volume

31

Issue

13-14

Pages

1503 - 1528

Citation

MCDONALD, S. ...et al., 2015. Flying in the face of environmental concern: why green consumers continue to fly. Journal of Marketing Management, 31(13-14), pp. 1503-1528.

Publisher

© The Authors. Published by Taylor and Francis

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor And Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

ISSN

0267-257X

eISSN

1472-1376

Language

en