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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

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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