Emancipatory marketing and the emancipation of marketing research: a critical realist perspective

Hamish Simmonds

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This paper is premised on the call to re-orientate marketing as a contributing social science. It gathers together criticisms of marketing research which identify inconsistencies that prevent our progress. It posits that we are driven to reproduce these inconsistencies because of a closed-system of practice and because of the generative absence of an effective, reflexive and integrative metatheoretical structure. In response to these problems, the paper aims to offer an integrative metatheoretical structure from which to ground our research and intervene in the identified inconsistencies. The paper therefore offers a perspective on the constitution of the world (what exists, its common features, and how it comes to exist), before addressing the terms and conditions on which the world is to be researched and explained. This conceptual contribution employs tools developed in the critical realist philosophy of social science to address: instances of absence within marketing research; and how these instances are generated and reproduced. It then suggests how these absences can be rectified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-491
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Critical Realism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Critique
  • dialectic
  • marketing
  • metatheory
  • critical realism


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