Spirituality, Religion, and Consumption


Special Issue of International Journal of Consumer Studies; Deadline 31 Oct 2017

International Journal of Consumer Studies

Call for Papers and Peer Reviewers/Referees Special Issue on Spirituality, Religion, and Consumption: May 2018

The International Journal of Consumer Studies is designed to provide an international forum for academic and research papers about consumer affairs. It publishes studies of goods and services from a user perspective on topics such as access and awareness, design and quality, information and choice, marketing and advice, rights and responsibilities as well as standards and safety from a consumer perspective.

The role of spirituality and religion in affecting consumption has been recognised in the literature (Arli et al., 2016; Casidy et al. 2016; Choi, 2010; Stillman et al., 2012). Religion has been recognised as one of the most cultural forces and influences on consumption (Cornwell et al. 2005; Lindridge, 2005). Indeed, as noted by Mathras et al. (2016), there is an increasing number of papers on the topic of “spirituality” and “religion” in high-impact consumer journals over the past decade. We invite submissions for a special issue on Spirituality, Religion, and Consumption to be published in May 2018.

Possible topics might cover the effects of spirituality and/or religion on:

  • Attitude towards advertising
  • Brand choice and preferences
  • Consumer decision-making process
  • Consumer (un)ethical behaviour
  • Food consumption
  • Innovation adoption
  • Lifestyles and luxury consumption
  • Shopping for goods/services
  • Social marketing
  • Sustainable consumption and practices
  • Tourism/travel behaviour

The list is by no means exhaustive. The editors of the journal and of this special issue would welcome any work which contributes to a better understanding of methodology as applied in consumer studies and manuscripts that present research innovations to address problems are particularly welcome. Articles may be theoretical, report on specific research or reflect on practice. They should add significantly to the research literature for consumer studies.

This issue of the journal is intended for anyone with an academic or professional interest in consumer studies. Authors may write to the Guest editors of this issue, Dr Riza Casidy and Dr. Denni Arli, at the address below in advance of this date with an expression of interest, an outline or 500 word abstract. The deadline for finished manuscripts is 31 October 2017. Submissions must be made through Manuscript Central at


Call for Peer Reviewers/Referees

The International Journal of Consumer Studies offers an opportunity for interested academics and professionals in consumer research to join other eminent scholars and professionals in engaging in the double-blind peer review process. As a referee for the Special Issue you will be asked to review one or two articles and will be provided with guidelines. Interested parties should forward their contact details to the address below. Please indicate up to six topic areas (key words) on which you are confident of being able to provide a considered assessment.


Dr. Riza Casidy
Department of Marketing, Deakin Business School
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9244 3817
E-mail: riza.casidy@deakin.edu.au

Dr. Denni Arli
Department of Marketing, Griffith Business School
Griffith University
Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
Phone: +61 7 3735 7344
E-mail: d.arli@griffith.edu.au


Arli, D., Arli, D., Pekerti, A., & Pekerti, A. (2016). Investigating the influence of religion, ethical ideologies and generational cohorts toward consumer ethics: which one matters?. Social Responsibility Journal, 12(4), 770-785.

Casidy, R., Phau, I., & Lwin, M. (2016). The role of religious leaders on digital piracy attitude and intention. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 32, 244-252.

Choi, Y., Kale, R., & Shin, J. (2010). Religiosity and consumers’ use of product information source among Korean consumers: an exploratory research. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34(1), 61 -68.

Cornwell, B., Chi Cui, C., Mitchell, V., Schlegelmilch, B., Dzulkiflee, A., & Chan, J. (2005). A cross-cultural study of the role of religion in consumers’ ethical positions. International Marketing Review, 22(5), 531 -546.

Lindridge, A. (2005). Religiosity and the construction of a cultural-consumption identity. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 22(3), 142-151.

Stillman, T. F., Fincham, F. D., Vohs, K. D., Lambert, N. M., & Phillips, C. A. (2012). The material and immaterial in conflict: Spirituality reduces conspicuous consumption. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(1), 1 -7.