Home Confined Consumers: Identity Continuities and Discontinuities

Consumers confined to the home through disability or long term illness are unable to access the marketplace directly and consume through the socialization process. The consumption situation of home bound individuals is the concern of this study, specifically, issues of consumer (re) socialization and consumer identity post home confinement. The research focuses on possessions, with respect to meanings, role and the process of socialization in relation to identity. Findings indicate that the nostalgic consumption of possessions offers the ability to (re)construct the self- identity after confinement. Additionally, possessions afford opportunities to maintain continuity with former ableist identities after the discontinuity of enforced marketplace withdrawal. An individual case study illustrates this point.


Hilary Downey and Miriam Catterall (2005) ,"Home Confined Consumers: Identity Continuities and Discontinuities", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Karin M. Ekstrom and Helene Brembeck, Goteborg, Sweden : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 577-581.


Hilary Downey, Queens University Belfast
Miriam Catterall, Queens University Belfast


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2005

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