Identity, consumption and the home

Reimer, Suzanne and Leslie, Deborah (2004) Identity, consumption and the home. Home Cultures, 1, (2), 187-208. (doi:10.2752/174063104778053536).


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Despite a rich literature on the power dynamics of households within domestic space, the specificities of home consumption have been undertheorized within broader accounts of consumption and identity. Consumption frequently is conceptualized as a individualistic process, undertaken by a single self-reflexive actor.

Focusing upon the purchasing, acquisition and display of furniture and other domestic goods, this article reflects upon the role of home consumption in identity construction within both individual households as well as different household groups. We argue that home consumption at times may be equally important to both individual and multiple households—despite conventional associations between homemaking and the nuclear family.

Notions of the self may be dissipated in collective provisioning by households consisting of couples, although fractures and conflict also may undermine general agreements about shared space. Both the making of the landscape inside the home and the narration of this making are ongoing projects undertaken within and through the diverse webs of relationship among individuals within a household.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2752/174063104778053536
ISSNs: 1740-6315 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 15535
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 July 2004Published
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:29

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