Fusion of worlds?: Consumers' self-narrative in a hybrid digital/physical world

Susilo, Tifani (2015) Fusion of worlds?: Consumers' self-narrative in a hybrid digital/physical world. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

As the Internet becomes deeply embedded in consumers' life and continuously accessed through mobile devices, the boundary between the digital and the physical becomes less defined. This thesis investigates how this blurring boundary impacts on consumers' construction of their self-narrative and found that consumers' narrative is paradoxically coherent and fragmented and depicts a heroic story of the self. Prior studies show consumers achieve their desired life story through meaningful consumption, however, the notion of fragmented lives are challenged. Further, extensive digital leisure consumption is often viewed in a less positive light. Nevertheless, consumers, who significantly consume digital leisure, do not disregard their physical world or favour one space over the other. Rather, they negotiate key aspects from their digital and physical lives and fluidly move between these two worlds, creating a hybrid narrative that saves their self and others.

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ID Code: 91216
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Luck, Edwina, Mathews, Shane, & Drennan, Judy
Additional Information: The Faculty has approved a permanent embargo on this thesis.
Keywords: Self, Self-narrative, Consumer culture theory, Postmodernism, Digital self, Postmodern self, Qualitative, Interpretive
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2016 05:04
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 05:08

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