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The social psychology of material possessions : to have is to be, Helga Dittmar

Label
The social psychology of material possessions : to have is to be
Title
The social psychology of material possessions
Title remainder
to have is to be
Statement of responsibility
Helga Dittmar
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Individual ownership of material possessions is deeply rooted in Western culture, yet psychology has tended either to overlook its role entirely or to be concerned only with the functions it fulfils intra-individually and interpersonally. This book addresses the sorely neglected subject of the social psychological meanings and functions of possessions and property. Their significance is examined in reviews of relevant research and discussion of theoretical perspectives. Instinctual and functional explanations of the relationship between people and their 'things' are considered, and a social constructionist approach is introduced which argues that the symbolic nature of material objects plays an important role for the owner's social and personal identity. The author draws upon sources from diverse fields, including consumer research, sociology, anthropology and psychology, to explore the link between identity and possessions. These materials are supplemented by her own original research. The emerging 'identity through possessions' model is related to the contemporary Western notion of identity as wealth-unrelated individuality, and implications of the proposition that material symbols constitute a pervasive context of social psychological processes are discussed. The Social Psychology of Material Possessions will serve both as a supplementary textbook for undergraduate psychology students and as an intriguing essay for social psychologists
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dittmar, Helga
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM211
LC item number
.D58 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Property
  • Property
  • Acquisitiveness
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Bezit
  • Psychologische aspecten
  • Acquisitiveness
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Property
  • Property
  • Bezit
  • Psychologische aspecten
  • Besitz
  • Sozialpsychologie
Label
The social psychology of material possessions : to have is to be, Helga Dittmar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-238) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 250 pages
Isbn
9780745009568
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92013443
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25674838
  • (OCoLC)ocm25674838
Label
The social psychology of material possessions : to have is to be, Helga Dittmar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-238) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 250 pages
Isbn
9780745009568
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92013443
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25674838
  • (OCoLC)ocm25674838

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