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Constructing leather through Q methodology

Roberts, A., Capdevila, R. and Wilson, P. (2007) Constructing leather through Q methodology. In: Proceedings of the British Psychological Society. London: British Psychological Society. 1754-8837.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Abstract: The role of material objects goes beyond their utilitarian attributes and provides a context for social relations, construction or display of identity and the expression of subjectivity. As one of the oldest materials, leather has accumulated manifold meanings and associations throughout history, drawing on a complex of sensory, cognitive and emotional experiences. While it is possible to measure the physical characteristics of leather with a high degree of accuracy, an assessment of its subjective, experiential qualities has yet to be achieved. Starting from the premise that subjective experiences are shaped by historic, cultural, and thus gendered contexts, this study uses Q methodology to explore present representations and understandings surrounding leather and leather objects, and looks at ways of expressing subjectivity through consumption experiences and practices.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism > HQ1206 Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF76.5 Psychology research
Creators: Roberts, A, Capdevila, Rose and Wilson, P
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Date: 2007
Date Type: Publication
Title of Book: Proceedings of the British Psychological Society
Event Title: Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference 2007 (The British Psychological Society POWS)
Event Dates: 18-20 July 2007
Place of Publication: London
Event Location: Cumberland Lodge, Windsor
Event Type: Conference
Language: English
ISBN: 1754-8837
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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