Conceptualizing consumption in the imagination: Relationships and movements between imaginative forms and the marketplace

Rebecca Jenkins, Mike Molesworth

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Abstract

In this article we extend theory relating to the imagination and markets by reviewing explicit and implicit work in marketing, consumer research and sociology, drawing on a broader literature that provides a more comprehensive characterization of imagining. We map consumption in the imagination in order to better define the concept and to differentiate forms of imagining according to a number of characteristics that are identified in the literature. These are as follows: (1) temporal location, (2) range of emotions, (3) degree of elaboration, (4) level of abstraction (5) purpose, and (6) prompts. We also consider the role of consumption in terms of its level of presence and absence in the imagination. We then present a trajectory of consumption in the imagination that seeks to account for the relationships and movements between forms of imagining and the marketplace, noting the importance of the imagination in terms of implications for macro-level market structures and individual consumption practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-347
Number of pages21
JournalMarketing Theory
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Consumption
  • daydream
  • desire
  • emotion
  • fantasy
  • imagination
  • psychoanalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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