From Trash To Treasure And Beyond: The Meaning Of Voluntary Disposition

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Pia A. Albinsson PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Extant consumer research literature focuses on the subtleties, multiplicity of meanings, and values consumers attach to acquisition of personal possessions. Researchers have devoted less attention to consumers’ disposition behaviors, including factors that influence disposition decisions. This paper explores voluntary disposition using data gathered through participant observations and in-depth interviews with a range of consumers, including those involved in clothing exchange (CE) events. The findings provide support for the a priori themes of values and consumption patterns, extending the life of self and goods, and consumers’ self-concept. Additionally, the findings yield emergent themes of role transitions, role models and family patterns, and shared community. Utilizing our findings, and extant literature, we propose a conceptual Framework of Voluntary Disposition that can be utilized to analyze further meanings of consumer disposition patterns in different contexts.

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Albinsson, P. A. and Perera, B. Y. (2009), From trash to treasure and beyond: the meaning of voluntary disposition. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 8: 340-353. doi:10.1002/cb.301. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2009
disposition, sharing, consumer self-concept, consumer identities, clothing exchanges

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