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How do user practices and connected narratives of sense making affect product longevity?

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dc.contributor.author Hipp, Tamina
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-15T11:20:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-15T11:20:40Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10185
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigates how user practices and connected narratives of sense making affect product longevity by drawing on practice theory and the narrative paradigm. Empirical basis is provided by qualitative interviews with consumers about their use of electronic devices. By zooming in into the everyday life of consumers the six common narratives newism, functionality, sufficiency, quality, repair does not work, and planned obsolescence are described. This analysis outlined how the narratives are used as justification for practices regarding product lifetimes. The narrative of planned obsolescence, for example, shows how certain attributions of meaning can be connected with life-extending or life-shortening practices. The perspective on user narratives reveals that while consumers may act inconsistently overall, their practices may well make sense when viewed and understood as embedded in the social context and in relation to other narratives. The discussion explores how sustainable narratives which characterizes devices as valuable might promote life enhancing practices. In the conclusion, we zoom out to outline the role of narratives in the linear economy. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;
dc.subject product replacement en_US
dc.subject consumption en_US
dc.subject practice theory en_US
dc.subject narratives en_US
dc.subject planned obsolescence en_US
dc.title How do user practices and connected narratives of sense making affect product longevity? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10185
dc.contributor.sponsor German Federal Ministry of Education and Research en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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