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Cherished Possession – Potential Areas for Research

The most unusual point about my cherished item is that there is no relevant reason for my attachment to it or its special meaning to me other than the time in which I have possessed it. This has made me think about Holbrook’s (1993) findings on nostalgia. He believes that nostalgia ‘is often focused on life during adolescent years’ so potentially there could be a link to faded past memories and my cherished item which could mean I have a subconscious connection that has developed into this feeling of always having to have my cuddly toy close-by. Further research could be made into disposing and divestment rituals. Although I have never before taken into consideration the idea of disposing my cherished possession, having finally contemplated this I know that I plan to adopt Price et al. (2000) theories on divestment rituals that illustrate how older consumers transfer private meanings of their possessions to an heir. Also, I have chosen to do this when I am of a maternal nature because only then will I feel that my possession will not resemble the current “me” and this will allow ‘separation from an old state and incorporation into the new state’ (Turner, 1969). Ideas for further study could be deeper research around the topic of familiarity as well as the topics of disposing and divestment rituals. As seen from my writings above, my cherished possession doesn’t hold any particular sentimental value or monetary worth yet I struggle with the idea of who I should pass it onto even though it’s simply an item that I’m used to having close at hand. Feel free to comment below.

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Faculty of Media & Communication, Bournemouth University