Blurring Boundaries and the Erosion of Ownership

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/KonferenzbandBeitrag in Sammelwerk


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.
Titel des SammelwerksChancen und Grenzen der Nachhaltigkeitstransformation
Herausgeber*innenFred Luks
Seiten109 - 130
ISBN (elektronisch)9783658224387
ISBN (Print)9783658224370
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2018

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