Self-Care, the Body and Identity: The Non-Abelist Consumer Perspective

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Consumers confined to the home due to disability or long term illness are the subjects of this study. Home confined consumers are not subject to the public gaze but are nevertheless just as conscious of idealised conceptions of what constitutes a normalised body and strive to attain this by means of highly disciplined body self-care practices. This paper examines their consumption experiences and finds that they strive to create a disciplined approach to inner and outer body maintenance. They do so in order to maintain and develop self-identity, and even the survival of the self in their self-created marketplaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalAsia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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