Content with keyword: disabled

Becoming sensory disabled: Exploring self-transformation through rites of passage

mannequin-boisAnthony Beudaert, Nil Özçağlar-Toulouse, MeltemTüreb (2016). Published in Journal of Business Research Volume 69, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages 57-64.

Based on Van Gennep’s framework of rites of passage, this research examines the self-transformation process of consumers who acquire a sensory disability. The analysis of 15 in-depth interviews reveals a complex three-stage process. With the onset of disability, individuals experience a forced withdrawal from their consumption activities. This withdrawal gives way to liminality of undetermined duration, nurtured by consumers’ memories of the past, sufferings in the present, and fears of the future.… >> continue reading

Negotiating identity reconstruction through consumption: An analysis of the experiences of consumers with acquired sensory impairments

Anthony Beudaert, Nil Özçaglar-Toulouse, and Meltem Türe (2015). Published in R.W. Belk, J.B. Murray et A. Thyroff, Research in Consumer Behavior, vol. 17, Routledge, pp. 349-366.

mannequin-boisPurpose: This paper aims at revealing the process of identity reconstruction for individuals who have acquired sensory disabilities, as well as the contribution of consumption to this process.

Methodology/approach: The data was collected through both interviews conducted in France and autobiographical accounts.

Findings: When disability occurs, individuals go through a rite of passage that shapes their identity reconstruction process.… >> continue reading

PhD student: Anthony Beudaert

phd-a-beudaertPhD student since September 2014 on disabled consumers.

My research under the supervision of Prof. Nil Özçağlar-Toulouse focuses on sensory disability.

Although disabled consumers are mainly studied through the lens of stigma, this research aims to deepen our understanding of the subjective and experiential aspects of their consumption.

As such, this research challenges disabled consumers’ vulnerability and aspires to go beyond the accessibility issues of the marketplace.

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Presentations on the consumption of disabled people

List of presentations at scientific conferences dealing with the consumption of disabled people.


  • BEUDAERT A., ÖZÇAGLAR-TOULOUSE N. and TURE M. (2015), Becoming sensory disabled: A transformation of identity and its possible achievement through consumption, 10thConsumer Culture Theory Conference, June 18-21, Fayetteville.
  • BEUDAERT A., ÖZÇAGLAR-TOULOUSE N. and TURE M . (2014), Apports de la théorie des rites de passage à la compréhension du comportement du consommateur handicapé sensoriel, Journées Normandes de Recherche sur la Consommation (JNRC), November 27-28, Rouen.
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