The consumption of addictive substances such as sugar, nicotine, and alcohol represent a major risk for noncommunicable diseases including diabetes and cancer. Despite that these wicked consumptions constitute a well-known threat to societal welfare, eradicating them is challenging for at least two reasons. First, wicked consumptions are habitual and addictive, leading to the automatisation and repetition of the consumption behaviour with minimal effort and ignoring information challenging the consumption. Habituality and addictiveness thus make wicked consumption behaviours resistant to individual-level interventions aimed at behavioural change. Second, wicked consumptions are embedded in complex and interconnected market systems we term ‘systems of wicked consumption’. These systems facilitate the proliferation of wicked consumptions through enticing promotion, placement, and pricing strategies. This chapter begins by introducing the etiology of wicked consumptions, focusing on their habituality and addictiveness. Next, we bring forth the notion of systems of wicked consumption and explain the tensions arising between the conflicting stakeholders embedded therein. We conclude by presenting a range of macro-level interventions that, by targeting the very structure of wicked systems, may prove to be far more effective than individual-level interventions in curbing the diffusion of wicked consumptions.
|Title of host publication||Macro-Social Marketing Insights|
|Subtitle of host publication||Systems Thinking for Wicked Problems|
|Place of Publication||New York NY USA|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Routledge Interpretive Marketing Research|