Practices of Ownership

Ownership in consumption is often relegated to the study of possessions and their meanings or elaborating differences between forms of ownership, such as sharing versus proprietary ownership. There is a gap in the literature on how ownership is, simply put, done. In other words, what are the multiple and interconnected doings that constitute ownership?

I am working on this project with doctoral student Emma Mäenpää to theorize the role of ownership practices, which we conceptualize as practices that facilitate acquisition, consumption, and disposal practices and transitions between. Our research is in the context of sailboat ownership, where boats are constantly maintained for safety, performance, and resale value for years, if not decades.