Causal beliefs in the self-concept and identity-based consumption

Chen, S (2019) Causal beliefs in the self-concept and identity-based consumption. In: Handbook of Research on Identity Theory in Marketing. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp. 298-312. ISBN 9781788117722


This chapter reviews a recent theoretical approach, the causal centrality approach, to the self-concept and to identity-based choice. This approach focuses on people’s beliefs about the cause-effect relationships that exist among features (including identities, but also individual-level characteristics such as memories, moral qualities, personality traits, and so on) of their self-concepts. This approach proposes that an identity is perceived as defining of the self-concept to the extent that it is seen causally central (linked to many other features of the self-concept). Further, this approach predicts that among consumers who share an identity, those who see it as causally central are more likely to engage in behaviors consistent with that aspect than those who believe that the same aspect is causally peripheral (linked to fewer other features). This chapter highlights how a deeper understanding of internal representations of the self can provide new insights on identity-based consumption.

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Item Type: Book Section
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 17:30
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 10:12

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