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Title: Musical preferences and technologies: Contemporary material and symbolic distinctions criticized
Authors: Leguina, Adrian
Arancibia-Carvajal, Sara
Widdop, Paul
Keywords: Musical taste
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications © The Authors
Citation: LEGUINA, A., ARANCIBIA-CARVAJAL, A. and WIDDOP, P., 2015. Musical preferences and technologies: Contemporary material and symbolic distinctions criticized. Journal of Consumer Culture, 17 (2), pp.242-264.
Abstract: Music as a mechanism for social distinction is well established. Yet, perhaps more than any other form of cultural expression, it is music which has been systematically transformed by emerging technologies. From the gramophone, radio, cassette and CD, through to portable devices and shared through social media, music is in constant flux. To separate taste for music from its various acquisitional forms is to undermine its role in society. In this article, our aim is to integrate within taste and cultural consumption analysis a salient dimension, such as technologies to acquire music, conceptualized as modes of musical exchange and formats used to listen to music. We argue that these are components of musical consumption practices which enhance our understanding on how symbolic boundaries are shaped today. Using multiple factor analysis, this study provides a simultaneous analysis of musical tastes and technological engagement in Chile. We find that uses of technologies share a unique relationship to musical taste. Musical taste remains a relevant process of distinction, but modes of exchange prove to be an emerging property. They, however, do not create new symbolic boundaries; rather, they are important in reinforcing those that exist.
Description: Copyright © 2015 (The Authors). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. The definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1469540515586870.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Economic & Social Research Council – North West Doctoral Training Centre +3 PhD award (grant number ES/J500094/1 to Adrian Leguina).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1469540515586870
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/31934
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1469540515586870
ISSN: 1469-5405
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