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  • How the recession kept families together
  • How the recession kept families together
    Oshen Davidson (2011) ©

How the recession kept families together

The effect of the Great Recession on people's behaviour is well documented. The rise of car-sharing schemes and all-round thrifty mindsets are attributed to the economic downturn in 2008. But what about the effect on families – are more people co-habiting instead of marrying?



  • Article image Is treasuring the new materialism?

    ‘Til death us do part’ is usually reserved for weddings. But as sustainability becomes a bigger concern, it could be applied to our prized possessions, from cashmere jumpers to iPhones. But how achievable is this in a world where acquiring and upgrading are the status quo?

  • Article image Why Generation Y won’t take the wheel

    The desire to own and drive your own car used to be a life-defining characteristic for young Brits – but its importance is fading. And it’s the same case in other countries too, from the US and Germany to Japan and Australia. But why? And how is the car industry responding?

  • Article image Poppin' tags: how the 99% are chasing status

    Two current chart-topping hits – Suit & Tie and Thrift Shop – seem to present opposing views on consumer behaviour and social trends, but are they more similar than they appear?

  • Article image Common sense: value and the post-recession consumer

    In the face of hardship, consumers are reassessing what value means. Frugality and streamlining are in, but a deeper shift is to a notion of value increasingly mediated by the collective.