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Ambiguous goods and nebulous things

Slater, Don ORCID: 0000-0002-4767-3187 (2014) Ambiguous goods and nebulous things. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 13 (2). pp. 99-107. ISSN 1479-1838

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Identification Number: 10.1002/cb.1468


The paper argues that ambiguity is not a property of objects but of the relationships of things to classifications and practices. Ambiguity is considered at two levels: firstly, the capacity of things to be subsumed within multiple but equally valid orders, and secondly, the capacity of social actors to articulate and act upon diverse beliefs about the nature of things and their proper relationship to classifications and practices. This opens up the idea of ‘social ontology’: how can we think about and research people's understandings of objects, and how they engage with ambiguity in everyday practices, both as a problem and as a resource and opportunity.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 10:17
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:53

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