« Possessions and the Extended self »
Russell W. Belk
To understand consumer behaviour we need to understand the meanings that consumers attached to possession. Possessions are part of ourselves.
This aim of the article: examine the relationship between possessions and sense of self
1. Evidence (that possessions are an important component of sense of self)
Possessions in Self-Perception Research
The extended = external objects, personal possessions, persons, places, and group possession, body parts, vital organs... (which as “me” and also which as “mine”).
McClelland (1951): external objects = part of self when we are able to exercise power or control over them. The greater …show more content…
4 Levels of self: * Individual (even if we are in a group) * Family (house is the symbolic for family) * Community * Group
The share of symbolic meaning for different goods among the collectivities, group members, or members in the family… show the relationship
Ownership: house, car, land… is also a part of extended self
Life style: clothes, accent, grooming, and jewellery express the person belongs to which group
4. Special cases of Extended self collections
Cultivation of a collection is a purposeful self-defining act.
Collection is to be seen as more a part of one’s self than are isolated consumption items because of the purposefulness and the commitment of time and energy spent in developing a collection.