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How Nostalgia and Narcissism Affect Consumption of Popular Cultural Artefacts

Bhandal, Rajinder Kaur (2018) How Nostalgia and Narcissism Affect Consumption of Popular Cultural Artefacts. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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This research investigates the contingent effect of age and self-concepts on narcissism in shaping nostalgic preferences. The results show that narcissism impacts on consumers’ nostalgic preferences, while age significantly moderates these relationships. Furthermore, when public self is activated under admiration, the results show that younger people choose nostalgic preferences in contrast to older people, who choose non-nostalgic preferences. However, when the public self is activated under rivalry, the opposite occurs, such that younger people choose non-nostalgic preferences compared to older people, who choose nostalgic preferences. The findings of this research have theoretical as well as managerial implications. Firstly, this is the first study to examine the relationship between nostalgia and the dimensions of narcissism, admiration vs. rivalry, in relation to the consumption of cultural artefacts. Secondly, the theoretical relationship between self-concepts, relating to the public self and the private self, has not been applied to the two dimensions of narcissism (admiration vs. rivalry). Thirdly, the moderating role of age relating to admiration vs. rivalry has not been examined in relation to nostalgic preferences. Finally, this research extends existing research examining the consumption of nostalgic preferences, which is incidentally limited and under-researched. In practice managers can draw on the findings on this research to better understand the factors at play in shaping nostalgic consumptions. This knowledge can be leveraged in designing more effective marketing campaigns.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Leeds University Business School
Depositing User: Miss RK Bhandal
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 12:09
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2018 12:09
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/21909

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