Exploring the fruitful darkness of liminality: Informal caring for elderly family members and the impact on the self

DEAN, Dianne, TREES, Rachel and SHABBIR, Haseeb (2020). Exploring the fruitful darkness of liminality: Informal caring for elderly family members and the impact on the self. Journal of Marketing Management.

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    This study examined the relationship between the informal carer and the cared for in the family unit. This was a phenomenological study, and conducted in-depth interviews with a sample of informal carers in East Yorkshire. The research examined the lived experiences of the informal carer focussing on the notion of identity and liminality. However possessions and artefacts were able to help the transition to informal carer and manage the relationship. Findings indicated that in line with the extant literature some informal carers found the new role challenging and had an impact on their narrative identity which left them in a liminal position 'twixt and between their previous identity and their new identity as carer leaving them stuck in a liminal position. This affected their identity and their relationship with the cared for. The stress emanating from the liminal position they find themselves in leads for many informal carers to claim that they lack control over their lives, and the lack of professional support has a detrimental effect on the identity of the informal carer, leading on some occasions to affect their mental health. This is a crucial issue in society today. A model is presented that illustrates the movement to a liminal position between independent person to informal carer and what products, rituals and artifacts can be utilized to either maintain their identity, shift to a new carer identity or illustrate the loss of their former identity.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; 1504 Commercial Services; 1505 Marketing
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 10:55
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 09:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26124

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