Possessions as a material convoy

Authored by: David J. Ekerdt

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033


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This chapter invites readers to view the relation between persons and possessions in a life course framework that has many options for research. The chapter addresses the management of possessions in later life, the reasons for keeping and disposing, and the labour that things entail. Finally, material objects are long-lasting but human lives are limited, and so the fate of belongings becomes not only a personal question but a social concern.

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