Hoarding: Identity Conceptualization Through Objects and its Exploitation in the Media
Cheadle, Christina L.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Anthropology
Stigma (Social psychology)
Reality television programs
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Christina L. Cheadle is a member of the Class of 2016 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]An anthropological analysis of hoarding allows a deeper look into the culture of consumption that the modern age so fosters. Distributed personhood and Colin Campbell's theory of modern autonomous imaginative hedonism provide lenses through which I believe we should analyze this disability in order to effectively manage and treat it (Campbell 1987, 77). After I analyze hoarding through an anthropological lens, I argue that popularized hoarding literature and television shows distorts the reality of hoarding in order to stigmatize those who hoard and latently have them act as a warning to the viewers/readers about overconsumption and conforming to societal norms. [From introductory section]Christina Cheadle