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Consuming Credit

Langley, P.

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This article provides an editorial introduction to the special issue of Consumption Markets & Culture devoted to the consolidated mass markets and cultures of contemporary consumer credit. It identifies a strange irony that arises from the extant social scientific literatures on consumption and retail finance: for all the analysis that they offer of consumerism and credit, the consumption of consumer credit itself is rarely considered. An overview is provided of how the articles in the special issue intersect with the sparse literature dedicated to consuming credit and personal financial consumption, and collectively signal new directions for study. It is suggested that, when read together, the articles mark out a trajectory for further research into consuming credit which has three principal and related arcs of interest: the marketing and sale of consumer credit; the repositioning of debt as a consumption problem; and the critical capacities of a cultural economy perspective.


Langley, P. (2014). Consuming Credit. Consumption, Markets and Culture, 17(5), 417-428.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Nov 20, 2013
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2015
Journal Consumption, Markets and Culture
Print ISSN 1025-3866
Electronic ISSN 1477-223X
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 5
Pages 417-428
Keywords Consumer credit, Debt, Personal finance, Marketing, Post-purchase consumption, Cultural economy.


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