Quotation Kamleitner, Bernadette. 2018. Blurring Boundaries and the Erosion of Ownership. In: Chancen und Grenzen der Nachhaltigkeitstransformation, Hrsg. Luks, F. 109-130. Wiesbaden: Springer.




Experiencing ownership is central to what it means to be human and it is central to the functioning of societies. One notion that is inherently tied to ownership is the notion of boundaries around the owned target and between owners and non-owners. These boundaries enable humans to claim, to exert control over and to take responsibility for that which is owned. All of which are necessary to motivate and enable sustainable behaviors. In this contribution I highlight ways in which current societal and technological trends, in particular the fast paced movement towards encompassing digitalization of life, erode the boundaries necessary for the experience of ownership. I further discuss how this erosion may not only hamper feelings of ownership but even go so far as to shift the perception of humans from owners to those being owned; thus, undermining humans perceived capability as responsible agents. In response, I suggest a necessary transformation in terms of digital boundaries and empowerment, potentially taking the shape of digital blueprints and agents.


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Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Blurring Boundaries and the Erosion of Ownership
Title of whole publication Chancen und Grenzen der Nachhaltigkeitstransformation
Editor Luks, F.
Page from 109
Page to 130
Location Wiesbaden
Publisher Springer
Year 2018
Open Access N


Kamleitner, Bernadette (Details)
Institute for Marketing and Consumer Research IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5320 Marketing (Details)
5321 Market research (Details)
5511 Social psychology (Details)
5532 Applied psychology (Details)
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