Kauppakorkeakoulun julkaisuportaali
Aalto-yliopiston kauppakorkeakoulun gradujen tiedot nyt Aaltodocissa: Aaltodoc-julkaisuarkisto
Kauppakorkeakoulu | Markkinoinnin laitos | Markkinointi | 2016
Tutkielman numero: 14354
Caught in an avalanche: Key aspects of consumer identity work through seasonal sports
Tekijä: Viiala, Tommi
Otsikko: Caught in an avalanche: Key aspects of consumer identity work through seasonal sports
Vuosi: 2016  Kieli: eng
Laitos: Markkinoinnin laitos
Aine: Markkinointi
Asiasanat: markkinointi; marketing; urheilu; sports; kuluttajakäyttäytyminen; consumer behaviour; yhteisöt; communities; kokemus; experience; elämykset; experiences; identiteetti; identity
Sivumäärä: 76
Avainsanat: snowboarding; identity; identity work; seasonality; sports; seasonal sports; subcultures of consumption; fanaticism; consumer experience; extraordinary experience; ritual
This research presents the analysis of key aspects of identity work under seasonal restrictions to consumption of sports. It shows how seasonality is used as a resource for extensive identity work. This is done by exploring and presenting research on identity work focusing especially on research done on the fields of fanaticism, extraordinary experience, rituals and subcultures of consumption. The extensive literature review is complemented by a primary research of a seasonal sport of snowboarding. This is done by means of interview based with triangulation from other sources, the main focus being on in-depth interviews. I first theorize that what makes the context of seasonality peculiar are the conditions of extended unavailability and recurring incidence resonating on the construction of consumer identities. Four key aspects related to consumer identity work in such conditions are presented. These are extending the season, acquisition of objects, extensive preparation, and replication of the feeling. Each key aspect, also expresses a way of overcoming seasonality to maintain a coherent identity and a consistent identity narrative which can be exercised, conveyed and communicated year round, and a way to avoid the need for apparent multiple identities of which only one can be the real sense of self.
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