Conceptualizing experiential luxury in palliative care: Pathographies of liminal space, cathedral, and community



Sudbury-Riley, Lynn ORCID: 0000-0001-5097-3407, Hunter-Jones, Philippa ORCID: 0000-0002-0880-7357, Al-Abdin, Ahmed ORCID: 0000-0002-5818-5736, Lewin, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0001-8632-3940 and Spence, Rachel ORCID: 0000-0003-4993-8465
(2019) Conceptualizing experiential luxury in palliative care: Pathographies of liminal space, cathedral, and community. Journal of Business Research.

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Abstract

Conceptualizations of luxury usually derive from individuals who are agentic and empowered. Building upon the consumer-centered experiential movement, this paper deviates from researching the typical, listening instead to consumer narratives associated with luxury in contexts where agency is transitioning. We revisit notions of sacred and profane within the liminal space of palliative and end-of-life care. Adopting purposeful sampling, and agency enhancing storytelling, pathographies in particular, consumption experiences are narrated by patients, families, and bereaved users (n = 140) of multiple hospices (n = 5) in the UK. Findings shift the evolving consumer centric conceptualization of luxury into conceptions of liminal space, place (hospices as cathedrals), and people (community). A psychosocial narrative emerges which conceptualizes experiences as lived, personalized, integrated, familiar, transformational, hedonic, eudaimonic, and (dis)connected. Our discussion extends notions of the sacred and profane into the mundane and illustrates the ways in which those navigating a liminal space encounter unexpected yet astonishing luxury experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hospices, Sacred, Profane, Mundane, Storytelling, Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 10:05
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2021 07:10
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.12.004
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3065170