The appropriation cycle

Author(s)
Georgia Stavraki, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Jackie Clarke
Abstract

Purpose: Recognizing the value and limitations of current knowledge of the appropriation process in the consumption of aesthetic experiences, this research aims to generate a localized account for novice and expert consumers of the varying role of cultural capital in the appropriation cycles and interpretative responses of an aesthetic experience. Design/methodology/approach: This research uses a single case study design of Miró’s blockbuster exhibition, and draws on multiple sources of evidence, notably 50 in-depth visitor interviews, observations and archival records. Findings: An evidence-based framework of the appropriation process for novice and expert consumers of aesthetic experiences is offered. This framework highlights the significance of appropriation pace and personal versus communal interpretations – amongst other features – in distinguishing distinct versions of the appropriation process in accordance with the varied accumulation of consumer cultural capital. Research limitations/implications: The transferability of the findings to other aesthetic or experience-based consumption contexts such as performing arts or sports is discussed, alongside the relevance of the proposed framework for researchers of aesthetic experiences. Practical implications: The empirical investigation of the understudied connection between visitors’ cultural capital and their museum experiences provides insights into curatorial and marketing practices in terms of broadening, diversifying and engaging museum audiences. Originality/value: This research provides new theoretical insights into the literature of appropriation process and consumption of art experiences by bringing together consumers’ cultural capital with the appropriation process and interpretive responses to an aesthetic experience.

Organisation(s)
External organisation(s)
University of Surrey, Oxford Brookes University, University of Leeds
Journal
European Journal of Marketing
Volume
52
Pages
1886-1908
No. of pages
23
ISSN
0309-0566
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1108/EJM-08-2017-0527
Publication date
09-2018
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
502016 SME-research
Keywords
ASJC Scopus subject areas
Marketing
Portal url
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/en/publications/the-appropriation-cycle(c4ae9641-132d-421f-9988-8445fdb38f6c).html