Symbolic Consumption Meanings in Subcultural Glocalisation: A Hermeneutic Analysis of the Sneakerheads of the Helsinki Region

dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.advisorShukla, Paurav
dc.contributor.authorLehtovirta, Simo
dc.contributor.departmentMikkelin kampusfi
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Businessen
dc.description.abstractObjectives The first objective of this study is to perform a hermeneutic analysis of consumption stories of the sneakerheads of the Helsinki region. The ways in which these consumers interpret and assign glocalised consumption meanings related to their footwear within the frameworks of their own personal histories, subcultural histories, and wider sociocultural history are unravelled. The second objective is to present the marketing implications of analysing the sneakerhead subculture as a platform for identity work. Summary This research was conducted through a qualitative study in which sneakerheads of the Helsinki region were interviewed about their consumption stories related to sneakers. Through a hermeneutic analysis, symbolic consumption meanings that these consumers associate with their footwear were traced and analysed. The prevalence of different local and global cultural referents for the sneakerheads of the Helsinki region was investigated. Conclusions The consumption meanings that the sneakerheads of the Helsinki region associate with their footwear are plural and heterogeneous, but points of convergence exist. Sneakers represent values such as communality, rebelliousness, self-expression and possibly even self-actualisation. Sneakerheads use their shoes as focal elements in their consumer identity projects and their culture of consumption is proposed as a platform for their identity work. Global cultural referents have more prevalence and influence than their local counterparts, but cultural referents inherent to the sneakerhead subculture of the Helsinki region exist and possess relevance for the study and practice of marketing. As such, it might be feasible to apply the glocal and translocal orientations to studying marketplace cultures of sneakerheads in parallel.en
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dc.programme(Mikkeli) Bachelor’s Program in International Businessen
dc.subject.keywordconsumer culture theoryen
dc.subject.keywordmarketplace culturesen
dc.subject.keywordconsumer identity projectsen
dc.titleSymbolic Consumption Meanings in Subcultural Glocalisation: A Hermeneutic Analysis of the Sneakerheads of the Helsinki Regionen
dc.typeG1 Kandidaatintyöfi
dc.type.ontasotBachelor's thesisen
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