Setting up home: The role of domestic materiality in extended family identity formation

Edirisingha, Prabash, Aitken, Robert and Ferguson, Shelagh (2022) Setting up home: The role of domestic materiality in extended family identity formation. Journal of Business Research, 147. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0148-2963

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This paper examines the role of domestic materiality in the construction of extended family identity. It investigates how extended family members experience tensions during new family formation and the ways in which materiality contributes to the resolution of these tensions and the construction of a new family identity. Our findings suggest that the intersubjectivities centred on domestic material objects cause tensions in relationships. However, it is through a process of negotiation stimulated by these intersubjectivities that a new extended family identity emerges. We identify four materiality capacities in this process of negotiation: catalysing, associating, disassociating, and bridging. We posit that these negotiations are an essential part of the process of identity formation given that they motivate a new understanding of competing family discourses, changes to individual and collective status, and a restructuring of family, especially family structure, character, and intergenerational orientation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Extended Family, Family Identity, Materiality, Family Transitions, Ethnography, Family Decision Making
Subjects: L100 Economics
L900 Others in Social studies
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 15:53
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 10:58

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