Managing consumer mythology: The green consumption of E10 fuel

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dc.contributor.author Chitakunye, P
dc.contributor.author Saruchera, F
dc.contributor.author Derera, E
dc.contributor.author Tarkhar-Lail, A
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-23T13:45:26Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-23T13:45:26Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Chitakunye, P., Saruchera, F., Derera, E., & Tarkhar-Lail, A. (2014). Managing Consumer Mythology: The Green Consumption of E10 Fuel. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(20), 1098-1108 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2039-2117
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/25160
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this article is to explore how myths become meaningful to consumers of ethanol-blended petrol (E10) in Zimbabwe. The last decade has seen the emergence and increasing significance of being green. Consequently, green consumption has become a topic of increasing significance amongst consumers and scholars. This study adopted a multiplemethod research strategy, that included 32 key informant in-depth interviews, and 150 questionnaires completed by ordinary consumers. The study unpacks how myths can be used as a symbol of resistance where there is a wide range of product choice. We find that the market acceptance of Zimbabwe’s E10 remained pessimistic, yet elsewhere in the world, the same blend has been packaged as a ‘premium, super brand’. Drawing from the findings, we argue that consumers engage with myths in their everyday lives, and the meanings associated with myths are transferred to the ‘green fuel’ brands. Although the consumption of E10 fuel is important to the maintenance of a green society, it should be understood that there are consumer misconceptions ranging from technical fuel composition, engine compatibility, mixed pricing perceptions and policy-related issues. Revealing how E10 fuel has been a success story in other countries, our study demonstrates how marketing education can be employed to create awareness of the benefits for consuming green fuel. Our findings also reveal how myths slowly die a natural death when product choice becomes limited. These findings contribute to an understanding of how consumer misconceptions about a product or service can impact product image and sales. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright © MCSER-Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research en_ZA
dc.subject Blended fuel (E10) en_ZA
dc.subject Consumer myths en_ZA
dc.subject Green consumer en_ZA
dc.subject Commercialization en_ZA
dc.title Managing consumer mythology: The green consumption of E10 fuel en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume Vol 5 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.librarian KIM2018 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n20p1098 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 1108 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 20 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 1098 en_ZA


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