The Covid-19 pandemic has once again made it clear that participation in social life and access to consumer goods are directly related. A high school student from North Rhine-Westphalia who received Hartz IV benefits first had to fight for 150 euros for a tablet from the job center at the regional social court in order to be able to participate in digital online courses at home, while classmates already had a computer, fast internet connection and a printer.
Volume 12 of the publication series "Contributions to consumer research" now seeks to point out the effects of social inequality on consumption and consumer policy. In six contributions, well-known scientists give impulses to bring the connection between work, poverty, wealth and consumption more into the focus of consumer research and consumer work.
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