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Artifacts, Identity, and Transition: Favorite Possessions of Indians and Indian Immigrants to the United States

Artifacts, Identity, and Transition: Favorite Possessions of Indians and Indian Immigrants to the... The things to which we are attached help to define who we are, who we were, and who we hope to become. These meanings are likely to be especially salient to those in identity transitions. In this study we examine such meanings by comparing favorite possessions of Indians in India and Indians who immigrated to the United States. Because the Indian sense of self differs considerably from Western concepts, these immigrants provide an interesting and important group in which to examine the use of possessions in securing identity. Results suggest that possessions play an important role in the reconstruction of immigrant identity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Consumer Research Oxford University Press

Artifacts, Identity, and Transition: Favorite Possessions of Indians and Indian Immigrants to the United States

Journal of Consumer Research , Volume 17 (4): 14 – Mar 1, 1991

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Publisher
Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 1991 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc.
ISSN
0093-5301
eISSN
1537-5277
DOI
10.1086/208566
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Abstract

The things to which we are attached help to define who we are, who we were, and who we hope to become. These meanings are likely to be especially salient to those in identity transitions. In this study we examine such meanings by comparing favorite possessions of Indians in India and Indians who immigrated to the United States. Because the Indian sense of self differs considerably from Western concepts, these immigrants provide an interesting and important group in which to examine the use of possessions in securing identity. Results suggest that possessions play an important role in the reconstruction of immigrant identity.

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Journal of Consumer ResearchOxford University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1991

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