The evolution of qualitative research in consumer behavior

Sidney J. Levy

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This article is my response to an invitation to prepare a "heritage assessment" for presentation to the International Research Seminar at La Londe les Maures in June 1999. Such an assessment is, according to Alain Strazzieri, an authorized view of what is worth remembering from the literature about topics in consumer behavior research. This charge is an open one and I will execute it freely. My presentation of this view has been authorized by the seminar's Scientific Committee. Otherwise, you will have to judge my authority on its merits. It does have the weight of my advanced years, giving me the advantage of having started formal study of consumers when research into their behavior was still young. My main themes are the intellectual battling and intellectual cycling that have gone on in our field, especially with reference to the role of qualitative research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Consumer behavior
  • Intellectual battling
  • Intellectual cycling
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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