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

Elin Brandi Sørensen, Thyra Uth Thomsen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesEuropean Advances in Consumer Research
Pages (from-to)571-576
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventThe European Association for Consumer Research Conference. EACR 2005 - Göteborg, Sweden
Duration: 15 Jun 200518 Jun 2005
Conference number: 7


ConferenceThe European Association for Consumer Research Conference. EACR 2005

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