Influences on the behaviour of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities towards debt and bankruptcy

Ekanem, Ignatius U. (2013) Influences on the behaviour of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities towards debt and bankruptcy. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 37 (2). pp. 199-205. ISSN 1470-6423 (doi:10.1111/j.1470-6431.2012.01104.x)

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Abstract

This article sets out to examine the attitudes towards debt, bankruptcy and the bankruptcy process of black and minority ethnic (BME) entrepreneurs and individuals who are experiencing bankruptcy; and to assess the extent to which their attitudes towards debt and bankruptcy have been influenced by various external factors, including their cultural and religious practices. The paper uses a qualitative methodology that involves in-depth, semi-structured interviews and direct observation, where possible. The findings suggest
that in many ethnic minority communities, there are strong cultural and religious imperatives to settle debts, and this can lead to a strong desire to resist at all costs the bankruptcy
process. The main finding of this study is that there is a high level of ignorance and a lack of understanding of the actions that can be taken when they find themselves in financial
difficulties. The main implication of this study is that education, which fosters financial literacy and pre-bankruptcy counselling, can empower consumers and enhance responsible financial decision making. There is very little research work in this area, and the paper is based on qualitative research that captures for the first time why the attitudes and behaviour of BME groups towards debt and bankruptcy differ from those of the white population.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Black and minority ethnic; bankruptcy; debt; financial literacy; attitudes and behaviour
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 11730
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Depositing User: Ignatius Ekanem
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2013 09:24
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 09:20
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11730

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