Disrupting social marketing through a practice-oriented approach

Spotswood, Fiona and Wiltshire, Gareth and Spear, Sara and Makris, Angela (2021) Disrupting social marketing through a practice-oriented approach. RAUSP Management Journal, 56 (3). pp. 334-347. ISSN 2531-0488

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/RAUSP-10-2020-0231


Purpose: This paper aims to explore four disruptions that practice theory makes to traditional social marketing approaches to school physical activity (PA) intervention. Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on existing literature from sustainable consumption, sociology of health and illness and the authors’ experiences working with primary schools in the UK to plan and execute social marketing approaches to PA, targeting interconnected social practices from which PA emerges or fails to emerge. The paper explores a practice-oriented theoretical framing, engaging with calls from interdisciplinary areas for PA interventions to shape the PA emerging from a school’s everyday routines, rather than promote PA participation at an individual level. Findings: The paper argues first that a practice perspective would focus on situation research rather than audience research, with practices rather than people as the focus. Second, the purpose of practice-oriented social marketing would be to achieve transitions in practices rather than behaviour change. Third, the planning and management approach of practice-oriented social marketing would account for unintended consequences and complex interconnections between practices. Finally, an evolved evaluation approach to practice-oriented social marketing would take a longer term approach to understand how cultural transitions are emerging. Originality/value: This paper contributes to an important stream of critical social marketing scholarship that seeks to advance social marketing away from its individualist routes. It sets an agenda for further research that considers the ontological and practical possibilities for practice informed approach to social marketing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Critical social marketing, Intervention, Practice theory, School physical activity
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2021 15:13
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2021 12:04
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706389

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