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The dynamic interplay between structure, anastructure and antistructure in extraordinary experiences

Katharina C. Husemann, Giana M. Eckhardt, Reinhard Grohs and Raluca E. Saceanu

Journal of Business Research, 2016, vol. 69, issue 9, 3361-3370

Abstract: Through an interpretive investigation of a religious pilgrimage, we explore the dynamic processes at play when consumers navigate the continuum between structure and antistructure in extraordinary experiences. We do so by identifying anastructure, which is a conflict-laden transient category that lies between the poles of antistructure and structure. Within anastructure, consumers can experience four types of tensions, which we unpack, and we also introduce four resolution strategies that consumers deploy to resolve those tensions. We additionally show that structure can lead to, and foster, benefits that are traditionally associated with an antistructural experience. This allows us to develop implications for our overall understanding of consumption within extraordinary experiences in general and pilgrimages specifically.

Keywords: Extraordinary experience; Consumption; Pilgrimage; Structure; Antistructure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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