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dc.contributor.authorMoscato, Emily Marieen
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-27T07:00:41Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-27T07:00:41Zen
dc.date.issued2014-06-04en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:2420en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/64202en
dc.description.abstractThe older female segment plays a critical role in society's fabric, as women past retirement volunteer a significant amount in their communities and provide essential caregiving to family members and friends. Moreover, older females outnumber older males and with the baby boomer population aging over 65, this segment is becoming more influential. Yet there is surprisingly little marketing research that focuses on this older female segment, their lived experiences, and their well-being. Working within the tradition of consumer culture theory, this project is an ethnographic exploration of the Red Hat Society (RHS), a brand community which focuses on celebrating older women. This research adds to the theoretical understanding of older female consumers by exploring how older women negotiate the meaning of aging, gender, and identity. Extending on brand community literature, I suggest how the RHS manages to create a supportive, 'safe space' in which members are able to engage play and learning. Play performances, enacted in through costuming and other rituals within the brand community, are extended beyond the bounds of this 'safe space' to influence the identities and well-being of these women.en
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectolder consumersen
dc.subjectplayen
dc.subjectcostumingen
dc.subjectsocial supporten
dc.titleBrand Communities and Well-being: Learning to Age in a Red Haten
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentMarketingen
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineBusiness, Marketingen
dc.contributor.committeechairOzanne, Julie L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberNakamoto, Kenten
dc.contributor.committeememberMachin, Jane Emmaen
dc.contributor.committeememberWeaver, Kimberleeen


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