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Operationalizing critical race theory in the marketplace

Poole, S., Grier, S., Thomas, F., Sobande, F., Ekpo, A., Torres, L., Addington, L., Weekes-Laidlow, M. and Henderson, G. 2021. Operationalizing critical race theory in the marketplace. Journal of Public Policy and Marketing 40 (2) , pp. 126-142. 10.1177/0743915620964114

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Race is integral to the functioning and ideological underpinnings of marketplace actions yet remains undertheorized in marketing. To understand and transform the insidious ways in which race operates, the authors examine its impact in marketplaces and how these effects are shaped by intersecting forms of systemic oppression. They introduce critical race theory (CRT) to the marketing community as a useful framework for understanding consumers, consumption, and contemporary marketplaces. They outline critical theory traditions as utilized in marketing and specify the particular role of CRT as a lens through which scholars can understand marketplace dynamics. The authors delineate key CRT tenets and how they may shape the way scholars conduct research, teach, and influence practice in the marketing discipline. To clearly highlight CRT’s overall potential as a robust analytical tool in marketplace studies, the authors elaborate on the application of artificial intelligence to consumption markets. This analysis demonstrates how CRT can support an enhanced understanding of the role of race in markets and lead to a more equitable version of the marketplace than what currently exists. Beyond mere procedural modifications, applying CRT to marketplace studies mandates a paradigm shift in how marketplace equity is understood and practiced.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0748-6766
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 15 September 2020
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 21:18

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