A consumption timecycle: contextually situated and temporally recurring experiences

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Ryynänen , T & Heinonen , V 2021 , ' A consumption timecycle: contextually situated and temporally recurring experiences ' , Qualitative Market Research , vol. 24 , no. 2 , pp. 221-239 . https://doi.org/10.1108/qmr-02-2020-0024

Title: A consumption timecycle: contextually situated and temporally recurring experiences
Author: Ryynänen, Toni; Heinonen, Visa
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Mikkeli
University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research
Date: 2021-03-22
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Qualitative Market Research
ISSN: 1352-2752
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332299
Abstract: Purpose Temporal consumption experiences have been conceptualised as universal, subjective or practice-based experiences. Little research, though, addresses such experiences in conjunction with the repeated and situational consumption events that bring them about. The purpose of this paper is to extend current knowledge by examining how the temporal and situational intertwine during consumption events. For this purpose, the concept of a consumption timecycle based on the research data is constructed. Design/methodology/approach The paper takes a longitudinal and researcher-led approach to study temporal consumption experiences. The data was collected through participant observations, video recordings and personal subjective introspections during three consecutive annual Nordic motorcycle consumer trade shows (2014-2016). The data was analysed using an interpretive approach. Findings The results demonstrate five temporalities that characterise a consumption timecycle as follows: emerging, core, intensifying, fading and idle-time temporalities. The features of these temporal experiences are presented in the conclusions section of the paper. Research limitations/implications Recalled temporal experiences are mediated experiences and they differ from lived experiences. The transferability or generalisability of the results might be limited, as the case is situated in the Nordic context. Originality/value The paper presents the novel concept of a consumption timecycle that extends current debates about consumer time. The consumption timecycle is contrasted with established temporal concepts in consumer and marketing research.
Subject: 512 Business and Management
Consumption
Time
Observation
Consumer trade show
Subjective introspection
Timecycle
CONSUMER RESEARCH
AMERICAN-WEST
TIME
INTROSPECTION
ETHNOGRAPHY
PERCEPTION
BEHAVIOR
CULTURE
MARKET
SHOW
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