Idealized Family Time: Collective Identity Interplay in Vacations

Amber Epp, University of Nebraska
Facing multiple challenges to collective identity practices, contemporary families seek ways to interact in shared time-space. Idealized family vacations offer a temporal oasis from the everyday demands that dilute family time. Based on semi-structured, group interviews with 12 families that represent diverse family forms such as blended, single-parent, and multi-generational families, this study uncovers a range of identity goals expressed by families and examines how families use marketplace resources as they constitute and manage interplay among family, relational, and individual identities.
[ to cite ]:
Amber Epp (2008) ,"Idealized Family Time: Collective Identity Interplay in Vacations", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35, eds. Angela Y. Lee and Dilip Soman, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 189-193.