Perpetual Dispossession: an Exploration of Ownership Without Possession

Matthew Hall, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA
Xin Zhao, Lancaster University Management School, UK
We examine disruptions in the consumption cycle as possessions are divested of meanings, but never disposed. This perpetual process of dispossession results in legal ownership of objects, without explicit incorporation into the self. Through an ethnographic approach, we examine factors contributing perpetual dispossession and discuss implications for the extended self.
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Matthew Hall and Xin Zhao (2016) ,"Perpetual Dispossession: an Exploration of Ownership Without Possession", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 44, eds. Page Moreau and Stefano Puntoni, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 299-303.