Lifeway Alibis:The biographical bases for unruly bricolage

Cronin, James Martin and Malone, Sheila (2018) Lifeway Alibis:The biographical bases for unruly bricolage. Marketing Theory, 19 (2). pp. 129-147. ISSN 1470-5931

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The function of marketplace ideology to provide a framework that guides individuals’ conduct as consumers is well recognised, though less is known about how individuals address, resist or reconcile themselves to such ideology. Drawing upon “lifeway alibis”, assembled from a life course reading of de Certeauean tactics, this paper deepens our understanding of how the ideology of nutritionism is renegotiated in the context of dietary health to better accommodate individuals’ life events, circumstances, and timing in lives. Based on interpretations of interview data, we argue that biographical matrices must be observed as principal facilitators for critical reflexivity beyond antagonistic and politico-collective motivations. Here, we consider critically reflexive behaviour – or unruly bricolage – to be organised around dynamic life experiences and circumstances rather than statically against marketplace ideology itself. This outlook prompts us to recognise biography as a catalyst for circumventing certain ideological mandates while the overall ideology remains perpetuated throughout circumvention.

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