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  • 1.
    Fredriksson, Cecilia
    et al.
    Lunds Universitet.
    Anselmsson, Johan
    Lunds Universitet.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    Källström, Lisa
    Lunds Universitet.
    Thuvfesson, Ola
    Lunds Universitet.
    Devrim, Aslan
    Lunds Universitet.
    Retail destination: Centrum för handelsforskning vid Lunds universitet2019Report (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Fredriksson, Cecilia
    et al.
    Lunds Universitet.
    Svingstedt, Anette
    Lunds Universitet.
    Bäckström, Kristina
    Lunds Universitet.
    Derwik, Pernilla
    Lunds Universitet.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    Rehncrona, Carin
    Lunds Universitet.
    Kunniga kunder ställer nya krav på handeln2017Report (Other academic)
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  • 3.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    Enacting Green Consumers: The Case of the Scandinavian Preppies2014In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 6, p. 963-977Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4. Fuentes, Christian
    Green Materialities: Marketing and the socio-material construction of green products2014In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 106-115Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    Green retailing: A socio-material analysis2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The marketing and consumption of green products has grown significantly in recent years. As mediators between producers and consumers, retailing sites play an important role for the distribution of green products. It is through stores and other retail sites that green products are marketed and made available to consumers. But how does retailing work to circulate green products? How are green products made part of specific consumption worlds and practices? And does green retailing facilitate the development of more environmentally sustainable patterns of production and consumption?

    Green retailing: a socio-material analysis offers a critical account of green retailing. Using practice theory and drawing on an ethnographic study of an outdoors retail chain, this book argues that the understanding of green retailing benefit from the acknowledgement of the complexities involved in retail practices. The book analyses the work done by the Nordic Nature Shop to make their green outdoors products meaningful and functional to consumers. It shows how the retail chain uses its outlets to create a world in where their products are become necessary while simultaneously giving the products the qualities needed to function in this world. Green outdoors products are through the Nordic Nature Shops marketing work framed as tools and problem solvers that mediate between society and nature and protect fragile environments. Through their marketing of green products, the Nordic Nature Shop promises that it is possible to consume the outdoors in a greener way. However, in offering consumers products that resolve the contradiction between wanting to enjoy and wanting to protect the outdoors, the Shop also makes a number of resource intensive outdoors consumption practices possible. This means that while the Nordic Nature Shop contribute to the greening of contemporary consumption practices it simultaneously reproduces consumer culture and discourages the emergence of more reflexive and critical forms of consumption.

  • 6.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    How Green Marketing Works: Practices, materialities and images2015In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 31, no 2, p. 192-205Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    Images of Responsible Consumers: Organizing the marketing of sustainability2015In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 43, no 4-5, p. 367-385Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8. Fuentes, Christian
    Managing Green Complexities: Consumers’ strategies and techniques for greener shopping2014In: International Journal of Consumer Studies, ISSN 1470-6423, E-ISSN 1470-6431, Vol. 38, no 5, p. 485-492Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Play a Game, Save the Planet: Gamification as a way to promote green consumption2016In: The Business of Gamification: A Critical Analysis / [ed] Miko Dymek & Peter Zackariasson, New York and London: Routledge, 2016, p. 144-160Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Smart Consumers Come Undone: Breakdowns in the process of digital agencing2020In: Journal of Marketing Mangement, ISSN 0267-257X, Vol. 35, no 15-16, p. 1542-1562Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    While digitalisation is a widespread technological, social and economic process, shaping markets and consumers, not all efforts to produce digitalised smart consumers are successful. The aim of this paper is to explore and explain failures in the digital agencing of consumers. Making use of the market studies literature on consumer agencing, and drawing on an ethnographic study of ethical shopping apps, the paper explores how as well as under what conditions efforts to enact smart ethical shoppers fail. Results show that it is the immutability of apps that leads to breakdowns in the process of digital agencing. While these apps were scripted to configure consumers, they can seldom be configured by consumers. Because of this, the apps could not be adjusted to specific situations and consumer-assemblages.

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  • 11.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Balkow, Jenny
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Wittrock, Hanna
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Mobile shopping from home: Digitalization and the reconfiguration of domestic retailscapes2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mobile shopping is becoming an increasingly widespread phenomenon and an emerging field of research (Groß, 2015). While much of the early research in this field has been focused on understanding what affects the acceptance of technology for mobile shopping and intentions and attitudes driving mobile shopping, there is a growing body of work that sets out to understand how mobile shopping is carried out in practice and what this entails (for an overview of this field, see Fuentes & Svingstedt, 2017).

    Studies within this activity-based stream of research show that consumers are using mobile phones to for example search for product information, check store availability, compare prices, and purchase products online (Spaid & Flint, 2014). Consumers are also using mobile phones to chat about products with friends, to check blogs on the go, and to coordinate their shopping trips with friends and family (Fuentes & Svingstedt, 2017). Mobile phones, it would seem, are both used as practical and social shopping tools, offering consumers a broad range of possibilities (Spaid & Flint, 2014). The use therefore of mobile phones is having significant impact on shopping. Some studies even indicate that as mobile phones are becoming increasingly integrated into shopping practices, they are reconfiguring the practice of shopping. 

    While much can be said about what this means for the practice of shopping, one of the more significant changes is the temporal and spatial shift that comes as the result of the ubiquity of mobile phones. Because we carry these devices with us at all times (more or less) and because of the development of wifi and mobile internet, consumers today have access to retailscapes wherever and whenever they are. In addition to allowing consumers to shop on the go, as other studies have shown (Fuentes & Svingstedt, 2017), this also means that a considerable amount of shopping is today done digitally from home. Smartphones are central in this new home-shopping practice, enabling consumers access to multiple retail sites as well as a plethora of shopping tools (budget apps, shopping list apps) and third-party sites (such as price runner). While shopping from home has been possible ever since the advent of catalogue shopping, we propose that the introduction of the smartphone and other mobile digital devices is leading to the reconfiguration of mobile shopping from home, changing both how we shop at home but also how we approach and perform our homes. 

    The aim of this paper is therefore to examine and explain how and under what conditions mobile phones are reconfiguring both the practice of mobile shopping from home and the spatialities and temporalities of the home. This is important both to understand the developing practice of mobile shopping but also to be able to comment on the impact that digitally enabled commercialization is having on consumers everyday lives. Theoretically we draw on the theoretical framework of practice theory and the geographically influenced concept of retailscape (Fuentes, Bäckström, & Svingstedt, 2017) to conceptualise home shopping as mode of practice both anchored in and capable of reconfiguring the spatial and temporal make-up of the home. 

    Empirically, the analysis draws on an on-going ethnographically inspired study of home shopping consumers. Participants are asked to document their at-home mobile shopping using a research app, taking photos and writing comments, for a period of two weeks. They are then interviewed using the collected material but also going beyond it about their home shopping and how/when/where it is performed, what other practices it is connected to/inhibits and how this practice has developed over time. 

    Preliminary results indicate that at home mobile shopping – defined in the broad sense to include – is a practice that has been increasing in intensity, particularly during the pandemic. While consumers approach and conduct mobile shopping from home in different ways, they all developed more or less routinized forms of mobile shopping. In establishing these new modes of shopping, the practices “carved out” space for themselves, being often conducted in specific home place – in the kitchen/by the fridge, in bed or the sofa – depending on the practice. Moreover, mobile shopping from home required that the practice be “wedged-in” between other practices. Temporal ordering and synchronizing with other practices were crucial for the reconfiguring effects that mobile shopping had on everyday lives. It was thus clear that mobile shopping from home was a practice that had to be actively worked into the nexus of everyday practices and what once in place it reconfigured by the spatial and temporal organisation of the home. 

    This digitally enabled reconfiguration had both positive and negative outcomes for consumers. While mobile shopping from home often helped consumer juggle their busy lifestyles, they were also often worried that this practice was conducted at the expense of other social and work-related practices. Similarly, while mobile shopping from home made their home a more functional space, particularly so under the pandemic, it also connected their homes to multiple retailscapes, at times with perceived negative results. 

    To conclude, while we do not claim homes had previously been free of commercial influence, on the contrary the home has a long history as a retailscape (see for example catalogue shopping and the phenomenon of TV-shop), mobile phones lead to the enactment of new domestic retailscapes. Both the mechanisms involved in this process and the outcome of it warrants scholarly attention.

  • 12.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
    Bäckström, Kristina
    Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
    Svingstedt, Anette
    Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
    Smartphones and the reconfiguration of retailscapes: Stores, shopping, and digitalization2017In: Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, ISSN 0969-6989, E-ISSN 1873-1384, Vol. 39, p. 270-278-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Cegrell, Olivia
    Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Lund University, Campus Helsingborg, PO Box 882, 251 05, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Vesterinen, Josefine
    Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Lund University, Campus Helsingborg, PO Box 882, 251 05, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Digitally enabling sustainable food shopping: App glitches, practice conflicts, and digital failure2021In: Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, ISSN 0969-6989, E-ISSN 1873-1384, Vol. 61Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    New digital food platforms are being launched accompanied with the promise of also promoting more sustainable food consumption. However, despite some success, many of these efforts to digitally reconfigure consumers food practices fail. The aim of this paper is to empirically explore, conceptualize and explain such failures. Taking a practice theory approach, and drawing on a field experiment using the Karma app – an anti-food waste app – the paper shows that the inability of this app to promote a new way of acquiring food is due to glitches - app failures of different sorts - but also practice conflicts. Two types of practice conflicts, practice mismatch and practice competition, make the fostering of a new sustainable food provisioning practice difficult.

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  • 14.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    Lunds Universitet.
    Enarsson, Petronella
    Kristoffersson, LoveUnpacking package free shopping: Alternative retailing and the reinvention of the practice of shopping
    Unpacking package free shopping: Alternative retailing and the reinvention of the practice of shopping2019In: Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, ISSN 0969-6989, E-ISSN 1873-1384, Vol. 50, p. 258-265Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    Lunds Universitet.
    Fredriksson, Cecilia
    Göteborgs Universitet.
    Sustainability Service In Store: Service Work and the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption2016In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 44, no 5, p. 492-507Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Fuentes, Maria
    Infrastructuring alternative markets: Enabling local food exchange through patchworking2022In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 94, p. 13-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to advance our understanding of the complex material arrangements involved in the formation of AFNs by applying the concept of market infrastructure and turning our attention to the process of infrastructuring. Based on an ethnographic study of REKO rings, a network of local food markets, we show how disparate elements, e.g. digital interfaces, parking locations, and Swish (an electronic payment system), are interconnected and configured to form the REKO ring market infrastructure patchwork – an infrastructure made by linking together previously unrelated elements and re-purposing them. We then demonstrate how this patchwork infrastructure enables the formation of market actors, coordination of the market actors’ activities, and the qualification and valuation of foods, thereby making the exchange of alternative food possible. Our analysis of infrastructure patchworking illustrates a different type of infrastructure-making resulting in a temporary and fragile infrastructure which, despite its instability, enables exchange. Drawing on this analysis we argue that the potential of AFNs to take form and impact contemporary modes of food provisioning cannot be understood without exploring the process of infrastructuring.

  • 17.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    Department of Service Management, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Fuentes, Maria
    Centre for Consumer Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Making a market for alternatives: Marketing devices and the qualification of a vegan milk substitute2017In: Journal of Marketing Management, ISSN 0267-257X, E-ISSN 1472-1376, Vol. 33, no 7-8, p. 529-555Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 18.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    Department of Service Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Hagberg, Johan
    Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Socio-cultural Retailing: What can retail marketing learn from this interdisciplinary field2013In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, ISSN 1756-669X, E-ISSN 1756-6703, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 290-308Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Lunds Universitet.
    Hagberg, Johan
    Kjellberg, Hans
    Soundtracking: Music listening practices in the digital age2019In: European Journal of Marketing, ISSN 0309-0566, E-ISSN 1758-7123, Vol. 53, no 3, p. 483-503Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 20.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Hedegård, Lars
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Retailing and the re-qualification of goods: How second-hand products become valuable2021Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Sustainability has over the last decade attracted considerable attention from both practitioners and scholars. There are now numerous efforts by companies to source, market and sell more sustainable products in more sustainable ways. There is also now an emergent body of work that addresses sustainability issues within retail (Wiese et al. 2012; Ruiz-Real et al. 2019). However, while this field of practice and research has come a long way, it remains to a great extent delimited to the practice and study of conventional forms of sustainable retailing. Research on issues such as on the impact that signage, eco-labels, and in-store marketing can play (Jones et al. 2005b; Guyader et al. 2017), discussions on the importance of product range (Sadowski and Buckingham, 2007), or analysis of how the work of the staff can promote the purchase of more sustainable products (Fuentes and Fredriksson, 2016) dominate the field. While this work has played an important role by drawing attention to and examining these key sustainability efforts, it has tended to ignore more unconventional sustainability approaches. 

    In this paper we want to address this paucity by exploring a relatively less conventional mode of sustainable retailing: the re-selling of previously discarded goods. While second hand retailing is not a new phenomenon in itself, the way second-hand retailing and shopping is framed and marketed has changed over time (Appelgren & Bohlin, 2015). From being a fringe and alternative phenomenon to acquiring a more mainstream position. Today we see not only the increase in trendy second-hand stores and the new digital platform for second-hand shopping, many conventional retailers are also including a second-hand line or reselling their own products along-side new lines of products. Second-hand is becoming increasingly mainstreamed (Kant Hvass, 2016). This move has also been accompanied by an increasing adoption of conventional marketing practices and goals (Broadbridge & Parsons, 2003). New ways of displaying, thematizing, and pricing second hand products have emerged. And yet little research has been done to understand these new second-hand retail landscapes. While there is an impressive body of work examining the why and how of second-hand consumption, few studies look closer at the marketing work involved in making previously discarded goods valuable again. It is this paucity that we set out to address.

    Against this background, our aim is to explore how and under what condition second hand products are transformed from discarded and devalued goods to valuable exchangeable products. 

    To accomplish this, we draw on the conceptual toolbox of constructivist market studies and in particular the concept of qualification. Very briefly, qualification is the simultaneously determining and enacting of the qualities of products (Dubuisson-Quellier, 2010). From this perspective the qualities of goods are not given but instead actively constructed. Or, phrased differently, “the outcome of an active production involving the identification and valuation of good and consumer’s qualities” (Ariztia, 2013, p. 147). Studies have shown that the process of qualification is complex and commonly involves multiple actors and devices: including advertising agencies, sales clerks, social media, packaging and stores can all play key roles in the qualification of goods (Fuentes & Fuentes, 2017). In what follows we will make use of this approach to analyse and show how a series of interlinked practices lead to the re-qualification of second-hand goods using various registers. 

    Empirically, the analysis draws on an ongoing ethnographic study of ReTuna, a shopping mall based on reuse located in Eskilstuna, Sweden. ReTuna was established in 2015 and is run by a municipality owned waste- and energy company. The owner’s goals are to create profit while also reducing the amount of incinerated waste and increasing the awareness of sustainable consumption. To fulfill these goals, ReTuna collects donated goods and distributes them to its tenants, who process and re-sell them. While ReTuna sells recirculated goods, it aims to be a traditional mall, with individual outlets, pop-up stores, and a café that offers lunch and snacks. The mall’s total area is 5,000 square meters distributed over two floors. On average, 400 visitors dispose of goods at the waste recycling station and 750 people visit the mall each day. 

    The study makes use of ethnographic methods (Peñaloza 1998; Czarniawska 2007), combining in situ semi-structured interviews and observations at ReTuna. In total, 49 interviews with mall management, store owners/managers, store staff, collection and sorting staff and, other people involved in organizing the mall have been carried out. Three types of observations have been conducted, i.e., six overall mall observations (7,5 hours in total), 26 in-store (participant) observations (64 hours in total), and six (participant) observations in the collection and sorting center (35 hours in total). 

    Preliminary results indicate that a set of interlinked practices are involved in the re-qualification of goods at the Re-Tuna mall. Goods go from devalued to be become valued again through a re-qualification processes involving the 1) selecting (valuing goods and selected which of the donated goods to sell and which to discard), 2) material re-making (including the cleaning, washing and steaming of second-hand goods, the refurbishment and renovation of second-hand goods to restore goods’ original function but also the redesign of goods), 3) displaying and 4) servicing of second-hand goods. We will show how second-hand goods are through these series of interlinked practices re-qualified – gaining new qualities that make them valuable to consumers – and under what conditions this process of re-qualification is possible. 

    The paper contributes to the discussion on marketing in second-hand retail (McColl et al. 2013; Kamleitner et al. 2019; Kim et al. 2021) by discussing successful and failed re-qualification activities of second-hand goods. By learning from practical attempts, it is possible to advance the understanding of how contextual framing (marketing activities) must be interlinked with innovative use of material qualities in re-qualification processes. Practical implications involve a developed understanding of re-qualification activities that can be used by (second-hand) retailers in enhancing product and business development strategies.  

  • 21.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Samsioe, Emma
    Lund University.
    Devising food consumption: Complex households and the socio-material work of meal box schemes2021In: Consumption, markets & culture, ISSN 1025-3866, E-ISSN 1477-223X, Vol. 24, no 5, p. 492-511Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 22.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Samsioe, Emma
    Lund university.
    Östrup Backe, Josefine
    Lund University.
    Online food shopping reinvented: developing digitally enabled coping strategies in times of crisis2022In: International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research, ISSN 0959-3969, E-ISSN 1466-4402Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted consumer food shopping. This paper aims to conceptualise, illustrate and explain how and why online grocery shopping has changed during the pandemic. Taking a shopping-as-practice approach and drawing on ethnographic interviews with 31 Swedish households, we analyse how online grocery shopping was performed during the pandemic. Our findings show that online grocery shopping was reinvented during the pandemic, it was no longer only a convenient mode of shopping, but became also a way to cope with the crisis brought about by Covid-19. This change, however, was demanding as developing and routinizing a new mode of shopping practice required substantial work on the part of consumers. Consumers had to engage in detailed planning, to learn to shop anew, and to develop temporal sensitivity. By developing this new mode of online grocery shopping consumers were able to cope, both practically and emotionally, with the challenges brought on by the restrictions. This study provides insights into consumers’ capacities to manage a food crisis, showing that this capacity depends on both retailers’ digital food platforms as well as consumers’ pre-existing shopping competencies and social networks. We conclude by discussing both the managerial and societal implications of these results.

  • 23.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Samsioe, Emma
    Lunds universitet.
    Östrup Backe, Josefine
    Lunds universitet.
    Shopping strategies for times of crisis: The temporary reconfiguration of the practice of food shopping2021Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Shopping in general and food shopping in particular changed drastically during the Covid19 pandemic. While general consumption levels went down, food consumption increased. However, while more food was shopped, it could not be shopped in the same way. Restrictions and lock-downs made food shopping increasingly difficult. Shopping without being infected or infecting others became a priority. 

    Food shopping and food consumption more generally is often characterized as highly routinized and therefore difficult to change. Food shopping is connected to and also held in place by multiple other practices as well as norms and values regarding everything from family values to the importance of eating healthily. Despite this, there are strong indications that consumers radically changed their food shopping during this period to address these concerns. 

    How was this drastic change in previously routinized practices possible? What was involved in making these new modes of food shopping possible? What, if any, of these changes can we expect to continue after the Covid19 crisis is over? 

    In this paper we aim to examine the new food shopping modes that emerged as a response to the Covid19 crisis with the aim of understanding how shopping practices can change and under what conditions the altered shopping practice stabilize. 

    Drawing on practice theory, we conceptualize shopping as a practice. From a shopping-as-practice perspective shopping is seen as set of routinized ways of doings and sayings aimed at recuring the resources, that is goods and services, needed for the performance of other practices. The practice of shopping, like other practices, can be seen as consisting of a set of elements – meanings, materialities and competences – that both shape the practice and are in turned shaped by it. Shopping for food thus requires materialities (e.g., shopping carts, apps, means of transportation, price scanners) and competences (e.g., how to determine if a product is expensive or unexpensive, an understanding of available stores, how to use an online platform). But shopping is also driven and involved in the reproduction of meanings. We shop for different reasons and the act of shopping is away to both express and reproduce those meanings (fun, responsibility, a form of care etc.). Previous research has shown that understanding the practice of shopping, how it changes, and how it becomes stabilized (or not) involves thus understanding the specific configuration of elements but also how a practice intersects with and is interconnected with other practices. In this paper we take this approach to conceptualize the novel modes of food shopping that resulted from the Covid19 crisis. 

    Empirically, the study consists of 30 digitally held ethnographic interviews with urban households in the southern parts of Sweden. The households were recruited on the basis of having changed the way they shop for food, and more specifically we recruited households that have started to order food online, ordered more food online, volunteered to help others shop for food, and ordered more take away meals. The interviews were conducted by using video conference software (Zoom and Microsoft Teams), and the interviews were designed to cover themes such as shopping for food, cooking and eating food, as well as storing food. 

    Our study shows that to address this problematic Covid19 situation, consumers developed a set of novel shopping strategies. We will focus on five of these: (1) Online food shopping as risk management, (2) Shopping protected in store, (3) Hoarding food, (4) Shopping by proxy, and (5) Take-away as safety measure. 

    We argue that these shopping modes developed to address and neutralize risk constructions. Shopping was no longer a matter of merely procuring the resources needed for other practices. Shopping was no longer a desirable practice nor only a way to show care. During the Covid19 pandemic, food shopping became also a way to neutralize risk and to act responsibly. 

    We discuss the reconfiguration of material, meanings and competences needed for these new shopping modes to develop, and under what condition these changes could be stabilized. Drawing on insights from previous practice theory influenced research on practice dynamics and stability we will argue that only a few of the many changes to food shopping performed during the pandemic have a realistic possibility to stabilize. 

    Through this analysis, we aim to contribute not only to our understand of Covid19 impacted consumption but also, more generally, understand the dynamics of food shopping and how it can be changed.

  • 24.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    Centre for Retail Research, Lund University, Sweden.
    Svingstedt, Anette
    Centre for Retail Research, Lund University, Sweden.
    Mobile phones and the practice of shopping: A study of how young adults use smartphones to shop2017In: Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, ISSN 0969-6989, E-ISSN 1873-1384, Vol. 38, no 3, p. 136-146Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Svingstedt, Anette
    Mobilshopping: Nya shoppingpraktiker växer fram2017In:  Handelstad i förvandling / [ed] Devrim Umut Aslan & Cecilia Fredriksson, Lund: Lund University , 2017Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Svingstedt, Anette
    The Practice of Slow Travel: Understanding practitioners´ recruitment, careers and defections2018In: Theories of Practice in Tourism / [ed] Laura James, Carina Ren & Henrik Halkier, New York and London: Routledge, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University.
    Sörum, Niklas
    Centre for Consumer Research, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Agencing Ethical Consumers: Smartphone apps and the socio-material reconfiguration of everyday life2019In: Consumption, markets & culture, ISSN 1025-3866, E-ISSN 1477-223X, no 2, p. 131-156Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 28.
    Fuentes, Christian
    et al.
    University of Gothenburg.
    Sörum, Niklas
    University of Gohtenburg.
    Living with digital infrastructures: Shaping the data disclosure practices of consumers2022Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Fuentes, Maria
    et al.
    Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Reconfiguring food materialities: plant-based food consumption practices in antagonistic landscapes2021In: Food, Culture, and Society: an international journal of multidisciplinary research, ISSN 1552-8014, E-ISSN 1751-7443, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to conceptualize and discuss how plant-based food consumption is accomplished in an environment pre-configured by meat-based food practices. Drawing on ethnographic interviews with thirteen consumers, and using a socio-material practice approach, the paper demonstrates how plant-based shopping, cooking and eating practices are enabled and shaped by material reconfigurations. The paper shows how developments such as an expanding range of plant-based food products, the increased use of social media, and the re-appropriation of shops and kitchens all entail the continuous reconfiguration of the materials involved in shopping, cooking and eating practices. Together, these material reconfigurations form a socio-material landscape that is mutable and changing, thus enabling plant-based food consumption. In addition, the paper also suggests that these material reconfigurations are not something that can be managed due to having evolved as a collective process in which multiple actors take part, all guided by their own interests. In doing so, the paper illustrates that, in order to understand plant-based consumption, as well as its emergence, performance, and complexities, we must take into account the practical and material aspects involved, not just the cultural or cognitive mechanisms.

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  • 30.
    Fuentes, Maria
    et al.
    Centre for Consumer Science, Gothenburg University, Box 606, Gothenburg, SE-405 30, Sweden.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lund University, Department of service management and service studies, Campus Helsingborg, Box 882, Helsingborg, SE-251 08, Sweden.
    Risk Stories In the Media: Food consumption, risk and anxiety2015In: Food, Culture & Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, ISSN 1552-8014, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 71-87Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Hagberg, Johan
    et al.
    Department of Business Administration, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lunds Universitet.
    Retail formations: Tracing the fluids forms of an online retailer2018In: Consumption, markets & culture, ISSN 1025-3866, E-ISSN 1477-223X, Vol. 21, no 5, p. 423-444Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Change has often been said to characterise retailing, and research on retail change is extensive. However, though much of that research has focused on retail formats, it has not sufficiently addressed the fluid nature of retailing and how its formats emerge. This paper offers a more dynamic conceptualisation of retail format change by introducing the concept of retail formation. Taking a constructivist market studies approach and drawing upon an ethnographic study of a Swedish consumer electronics retailer, the paper shows how retail formations are continually being made in a dynamic process that can be initiated by various actors, does not necessarily follow a logical order, and commonly produces unexpected results. The concept of retail formation allows us to better understand the increasing fluidity of retailing enabling us to trace complex market processes, examine multiple actors simultaneously, and taking into account the socio-historical and socio-cultural dynamics involved in shaping retail markets. 

  • 32.
    Samsioe, Emma
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Digitalizing shopping routines: Re-organizing household practices to enable sustainable food provisioning2022In: Sustainable Production and Consumption, ISSN 2352-5509, Vol. 29, p. 807-819Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    New digitally enabled modes of food provisioning are being developed. The aim of this paper is to examine, empirically illustrate, and conceptualize how and under what conditions these digital food platforms become routinized and what this means for the enabling of sustainable food consumption. Drawing on an ethnographically inspired study of three digital food provision platforms - i.e. meal box schemes, digitalized local food markets, and a food aggregator app – the paper explores how new digital food platforms are introduced and become routinized. The study shows that to create a shopping routine, specific combinations of meanings, materialities and competencies had to be interlinked and configured to enable the consistent reproduction of a shopping practice mode. Furthermore, the analysis also shows that there are multiple ways of carving out a space for new food shopping routines. The digital platforms studied and the modes of food shopping that they enabled were able to replace, complement or reconfigure already-established food shopping practices. Finally, the conclusions suggests that while these new modes of food provisioning became routinized, it was unlikely that they would remain so over time. Only a temporary stabilization was possible as built-in dynamics meant that the shopping routine was unable to last. This brings to the fore the challenges faced by those trying to promote new digitally enabled modes of sustainable food consumption. © 2021

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  • 33. Southerton, Dale
    et al.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Special section: Digital platforms and sustainable food consumption transitions2021In: Sustainable Production and Consumption, ISSN 2352-5509Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Spitzkat, Anna
    et al.
    Lund University.
    Fuentes, Christian
    Lund University.
    Here today, gone tomorrow: The organization of temporary retailscapes and the creation of frenzy shopping2019In: Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, ISSN 0969-6989, E-ISSN 1873-1384, Vol. 49, p. 198-207Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35. Svingstedt, Anette
    et al.
    Bäckström, Kristina
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Digitalisering i handel: mobiltelefoner och den fysiska butiken2018In: Framtidens fysiska butik: Digitalisering, upplevelser och hållbarhet / [ed] Ulf Johansson, Lund: Lunds universitet , 2018Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 36.
    Sörum, Niklas
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Gothenburg Research Institute, GRI, Centre for Consumer Research, CCR, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    How sociotechnical imaginaries shape consumers’ experiences of and responses to commercial data collection practices2023In: Consumption, markets & culture, ISSN 1025-3866, E-ISSN 1477-223X, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 24-46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How is the ongoing “datafication” in society experienced by consumers? Critical discussions regarding the impact of datafication on consumers seldom study consumers’ actual experiences. Conversely, the studies that do exist of consumers and their experiences of datafication tend to take an individualistic approach, arguing that how consumers experience and respond to the ongoing datafication is the result of their individual psychological make-up or the result of processes of cost–benefit calculations. Against that background, this article will instead show that the ways in which consumers experience and respond to datafication is linked to a number of broader sociotechnical imaginaries. Based on in-depth user interviews and drawing on previous work on sociotechnical imaginaries, this article develops an analysis of consumers’ multiple imaginaries of data collection practices. Findings show that how consumers approach data collection operations is shaped by sociotechnical imaginaries that were both individually and collectively performed by consumers interacting with and using data-collecting devices. 

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  • 37.
    Sörum, Niklas
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Materialiserad moral: Smartphone, applikationer och etisk konsumtion2016In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 6-15Article in journal (Refereed)
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  • 38.
    Sörum, Niklas
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Fuentes, Christian
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Write Something!: The shaping of ethical consumption on Facebook2017In: Digitalizing Consumption: How Devices Shape Consumer Culture / [ed] Franck Cochoy, Johan Hagberg, Magdalena Petersson McIntyre & Niklas Sörum, New York and London.: Routledge, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
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