Explorations in Consumer Culture Theory

Explorations in Consumer Culture Theory


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The literature of marketplace behaviour, long dominated by economic and psychological discourse, has matured in the last decade to reveal the vast expanse of consumption activity not adequately addressed – in either theoretical or empirical perspective - by the discipline's favoured approaches. The lived experience of consumption in cultural and historical context, rendered in a fashion that is both intellectually insightful and authentically evocative, and that recognizes the dynamics of accommodation and resistance that characterize the individual's relationship with the market, is the central interpretive thrust of an emerging interdisciplinary field inquiry broadly labelled "consumer culture theory."

In this volume, some of the leading scholars of this field explore in great empirical detail and theoretical depth the relationships that the consumer has developed both with goods and services and with the stakeholders that animate markets. Beginning with an examination of the underpinnings of cultural inquiry, the focus then shifts to specific consumption venues. Analyses of advertising in personal, critical and historical perspective, examination of lifestyle trends from dwelling practices of transnational nomads and regimes of personal training to genetic testing and gambling, interpretations of the dynamics of brand loyalty and corporate image management, and investigation of family consumption rituals are among the topics explored in ethnographic and humanistic perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415620406
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/27/2011
Series: Routledge Interpretive Marketing Research
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

John F. Sherry Jr. is the Herrick Professor of Marketing and Department Chair at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Eileen Fischer is the Max and Ann Tanenbaum Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at the Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Explorations in Consumer Culture Theory: What Are We Exploring Now?, Eileen Fischer, and John F. Sherry, Jr., Section One: Forming and Framing, From CCT to CCC: Building Consumer Culture Community, Johanna Moisander, Lisa Penaloza and Anu Valtonen, Theoretical Realism: Culture and Politics in Commercial Imagery, Linda M. Scott, Section Two: Time and Space, Banking on History: Reflections in the Archive Mirror, Barbara Olsen, Dwelling in Mobility: Homemaking Among Mobile Professionals, Fleura Bardhi and Søren Askegaard, Section Three: Setting and Self, Are We There Yet? Coproducing Success and Failure in Personal Training, Eileen Fischer, Cele C. Otnes, Brynn Winegard, Eric Li and Sarah Scarbrough-Wilner, Designer Genes: DNA Testing Services and Consumer Identity, Elizabeth C. Hirschman and Donald Panther-Yates, Section Four: Brands and Images, Allomother as Image and Essence: Animating the American Girl Brand, John F. Sherry, Jr., Stefania Borghini, Mary Ann McGrath, Albert Muñiz, Nina Diamond and Robert V. Kozinets, Engineering a Mainstream Market for Sustainable Practices, Diane M. Martin and John W. Schouten, Section Five: Rites and Games, Tinsel, Trimmings and Tensions: Negotiating a Focal Artifact, Cele C. Otnes, Elizabeth Crosby, Robert Kreuzbauer and Jennifer Ho, Stacking the Deck; Gambling in Film and the Diffusion of Casino Gambling, Ashlee Humphreys, Section Six: Poetry, Living Things, Small Things, John W. Schouten, Heading Home, Consumption Kaddish in Four Koans, John F. Sherry, Jr., Haiku for EATNIKS, Eugene Halton, Imagined (Musical) Experiences: Across Four Centuries, George Zinkhan, Conclusion, Reflections and Revanche, John F. Sherry, Jr. and Eileen Fischer.

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