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“When we got divorced, I left all my things behind”. How the lifespan of household goods is linked to the biographical trajectory of their owners

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dc.contributor.author Madon, Julie
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-17T13:33:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-17T13:33:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10226
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Social science research suggests that in our current affluent society, most individuals are accustomed to replacing their objects rather than keeping them at all costs. However, in this society, some individuals still try to keep their objects for a long time. How do they come to be concerned about products’ lifespan? The literature has proposed a whole series of explanatory factors, mainly in terms of resources (psychological, economic, social), but has never used a diachronic approach that takes into account the evolution of individual practices in the life course. In this paper, analyzing interviews conducted with sixty individuals seeking to make their objects last, I adopt a biographical approach to understand two things. First, I study how the practice of extending the life span of objects takes root: I show that the tendency to keep objects for a long time can come from the familial milieu, just as it can happen later, in connection with significant experiences with objects, with the reception of messages disseminated by the media and/or with personal events. Then, I wonder how biographical events affects products’ career in the households. I focus no longer on the general relationship of the individual to objects' lifespan, but on the career of the objects themselves. I emphasize that professional, residential, family or more global events (such as the COVID-19 crisis), which punctuate the life course of individuals, determine the fate of objects in the home. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 4th PLATE 2021 Virtual Conference, 26-28 May 2021;
dc.subject consumers en_US
dc.subject household goods en_US
dc.subject daily practices en_US
dc.subject biography en_US
dc.subject life events en_US
dc.title “When we got divorced, I left all my things behind”. How the lifespan of household goods is linked to the biographical trajectory of their owners en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.31880/10344/10226
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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