Consumption and Well-Being: Collecting Experiences Rather Than Material Possessions

Consumption and Well-Being: Collecting Experiences Rather Than Material Possessions

Sandra Maria Correia Loureiro (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Business Research Unit (BRU/UNIDE) and SOCIUS, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2139-6.ch012
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Abstract

Consumerism can be regarded as a system of beliefs and values in which emerge the idea that happiness is best achieved through possessions. In literature, several terms related to this topic are employed, such as: consumerism, consumption, anti-consumption and consumption communities and subjective well-being. Therefore, the purposes of this chapter are to (i) present an overview of the research concepts, models and main theories of this topic and (ii) discuss and inter-relate consumption and subjective well-being. The chapter provides a proposed framework with the state-of-art on consumption, anti-consumption and subjective well-being and a study into rural tourism context. Finally, the chapter also presents suggestions for further research and managerial implications. In this vein, this chapter contributes to the existing literature giving insights for a better understanding the problematic of consumers, anti-consumers and subjective well-being as a whole and rural tourism consumption experience industry in particularly.
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Background On Consumerism, Consumption, And Swb

An automated search through the B-On System, containing electronic databases, such as Elsevier, Emerald, Science Direct, EBSCO, Springer, and ISI Web of Knowledge was employed to collect scientific information about consumerism, consumption and subjective well-being (SWB), The search strategy for the identification and inclusion of the relevant research papers included the following three steps:

  • A broad screen of the titles of the citations retrieved from the literature search and extraction of the studies irrelevant to the present study.

  • A broad screen of the abstracts of the citations passed from stage one and selection of the most relevant to the present research topic.

  • A strict screen of the remaining studies that passed the previous two stages and selection of the most appropriate and relevant ones to the present research topic.

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