Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is old is new again: The role of discontinuity in nostalgia-related consumption
by Rutherford, Jana, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2010, 152; 3420058
Abstract (Summary)

A 'wave of nostalgia' has gripped the US leading to nostalgic fashions, furniture, television programming and even food. The marketing literature suggests that nostalgic-related consumption is the result of an aging population. It has been proposed that the purchase of nostalgic-products and services is an attempt by mature consumers to return psychologically to the ease, certainties and conflict free periods that existed or seemed to exist during their childhood or adolescence. This paper proposes that discontinuity, as argued by Davis (1979), is a better explanation for why people develop a preference for and consume nostalgic goods. Although some insights have been developed, research focused only on mature consumers and is rather limited in offering alternative explanations for the evocation of nostalgic feelings. MANCOVA was the primary method used to test hypotheses. Findings of this study indicate that discontinuity does not necessarily lead to nostalgia and preference for nostalgic products varies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shaw, Eric H.
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School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 71/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Marketing
Keywords: Consumer preference, Discontinuity, Marketing, Nostalgia, Purchase intention
Publication Number: 3420058
ISBN: 9781124153421
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