Consuming pop music/constructing a life world: The advent of pop music

Wilfred Dolfsma*

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Pop music is an important symbolic good, the advent of which in the 1950s and 1960s is not well understood. In this article I argue that this is due to the fact that its consumption is not usually analyzed. I therefore analyze survey and group interviews material to argue that pop music was not just an instrument in conflict between generations, but that it increasingly came to be associated with socio-cultural meanings such as success, independence and sexuality. In understanding the life world of consumers of pop music, I find that it is essential to know whom it represents but also what it represents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-440
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • consumption
  • consumption institutions
  • life world
  • pop music
  • symbolic goods


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