Family Stuff

Materiality and Identity

Authored by: Linda L. Price

The Routledge Companion to Identity and Consumption

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415783064
eBook ISBN: 9780203105337
Adobe ISBN: 9781136253522


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The purpose of this chapter is to uncover the nuanced interplay of individual, relational and collective identities in the practices and meanings surrounding “family stuff.” My journey to understand family stuff has been fraught with mystery played out against the materiality, meanings and practices of my own striving to be a family and myself. Are we the kind of family who covers our refrigerator with family pictures or not? Am I the kind of person who, for the sake of family, might do this? Would we be a better or a different family if we did?

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