Hoarding Behavior & Attachment to Material Possessions (20:00)

Tresa Ponner, University of Sydney, Australia
Helene Cherrier, University of Sydney, Australia
In a society where buying new products is cheaper and easier than repairing, it is not surprising that much of consumer behavior has focused on the pleasures associated to a ‘throw away society’. Intriguingly, informants in this study spoke about the utter joy they received in finding, keeping and passing on objects. They defined themselves as functional hoarders, individuals who accumulate objects privately and are unable to dispose without clear conscious motivation or control. Through the use of video ethnography the dynamic nature of possession attachment and its obstruction to disposal practices is illuminated.
[ to cite ]:
Tresa Ponner and Helene Cherrier (2008) ,"Hoarding Behavior & Attachment to Material Possessions (20:00)", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35, eds. Angela Y. Lee and Dilip Soman, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 877-877.