Insiders, regulars and tourists: Exploring selves and music consumption in adolescence

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Adolescents, with respect to consumption and the symbolic self, are in a crucial period of identity formation. Music is significant in this respect as it has been described as a catalyst for individuals seeking to construct the 'self' and can play a central role in forming an identity. This paper seeks to explore the ways in which adolescent music use and consumption facilitates a greater understanding of identity formation and psychological or peer group practices. Twenty four in-depth interviews were conducted with 12 adolescents over a 6-12 month period. All adolescents were interviewed twice with a view to observing changes in music consumption practices. The author adopts the terms of insiders, regulars and tourists to illustrate the different characteristics of adolescent music consumers in the context of their varying levels of investment and commitment. Initial findings demonstrate that music is used to build social capital, to create boundaries and to enhance social inclusion and exclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009


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