The relationship between ownership and possession: observations from the context of digital virtual goods.

Watkins, R.D., Denegri-Knott, J. and Molesworth, M., 2015. The relationship between ownership and possession: observations from the context of digital virtual goods. Journal of Marketing Management, 32 (1-2), 44 - 70.

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DOI: 10.1080/0267257X.2015.1089308

Abstract

This theoretical article highlights limitations in the current trend towards dichotomising full ownership and access-based consumption by recognising a broader, more complex array of ‘fragmented’ ownership configurations in the context of digital virtual goods (DVGs). In challenging this dichotomy, we recognise that the relationship between ownership and possession becomes particularly significant. We therefore consider how prominent DVG ownership configurations may shape the way in which possession is assembled, potentially reducing consumers’ scope of action relative to DVGs and leaving possession susceptible to disruption. Conversely, we acknowledge ways in which consumers’ continued attempts at possession may impinge upon the agency of ownership mechanisms within the market. Our analysis ultimately builds upon existing understandings of both ownership and possession, theorising their often overlooked relation in consumption.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0267-257X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ownership; possession; property rights; digital virtual consumption; digital virtual goods
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:23512
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:29 Apr 2016 14:11
Last Modified:29 Apr 2016 14:11

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