The Material Convoy After Age 50
David J. Ekerdt and Lindsey A. Baker
Gerontology Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence.
How people live with things has long been a research interest of anthropology and more recently of consumption studies. The question also has life course dimensions because material objects, as possessions, are long lasting, whereas human interests are changeable and lives are limited. Although people’s management of possessions is a theme at all stages of the life course, in this paper we
focus on later life when individuals have likely accrued a larger body of possessions but also when their continued keeping can be a predicament for oneself and others.