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Title: Aesthetics and taste formation in musical spaces of consumption : a multi-sited ethnographic study
Author: Skandalis, Alexandros
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 266X
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2016
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The aim of this study is to investigate the interrelationships between place and taste through a multi-sited ethnography of music consumption. Place and taste are important theoretical constructs that have been studied extensively across the humanities and social sciences. Yet, there is a scarcity of research that attempts to bring together these constructs in the fields of marketing and consumer research and beyond. In particular, prior consumer culture theory (CCT) research has not taken into account the spatial processes through which consumers enact, perform and further develop their tastes in the market place. More significantly, little empirical research illustrates how different consumption spaces tend to orchestrate and shape consumers’ tastes. As such, this study focuses on the context of music consumption and aims to explore spatial taste formation processes via consumers’ aesthetic experiences in popular (festival) and classical (concert hall) music places within the fields of indie and classical music consumption respectively. The emergent findings are structured upon four chapters (papers) and develop specific research objectives which revolve around the overarching aim of the study, namely the exploration of the interrelationships between place and taste. This study brings together both structural and experiential dimensions of taste and highlights the ontological significance of phenomenological understandings of space and place for marketing and consumer research.
Supervisor: Banister, Emma ; Byrom, John Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: taste ; place ; experiential consumption ; consumer culture theory ; arts marketing ; music consumption ; interpretive consumer research ; musical taste ; consumption aesthetics ; consumption experience ; Bourdieu ; identity investments ; social fields