The Lived Meaning of Symbolic Consumption and Identity Construction in Stable and Transitional Phases: Towards an Analytical Framework

In this paper, we propose an analytical framework for the investigation of consumers’ lived experience of identity related consumption in stable and transitional phases. The framework integrates the ideas (1) that objects can support the consumer’s identity construction because of their ’signal’ value - or because of their potential to provide the consumer with a certain ’experience’ of self, (2) that these meanings can reside in a ’common’ domain - or in a more ’private’ domain, and (3) that these meanings can be vehicles for the ongoing ‘maintenance’ as well as ‘acquisition’ or ‘disposition’ of important life roles.



Citation:

Elin Brandi Sorensen and Thyra Uth Thomsen (2005) ,"The Lived Meaning of Symbolic Consumption and Identity Construction in Stable and Transitional Phases: Towards an Analytical Framework", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Karin M. Ekstrom and Helene Brembeck, Goteborg, Sweden : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 571-576.

Authors

Elin Brandi Sorensen, University of Southern Denmark
Thyra Uth Thomsen, Copenhagen Business School



Volume

E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2005



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