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Title: Symbolic Boundaries, Identity, and Art Museum Visitation
Authors: Stylianou-Lambert, Theopisti 
Keywords: Art Museum Visitation;Symbolic Boundaries;Museum Audiences;Identity
Category: Educational Sciences
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: The International Journal of the Arts in Society
Source: International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.119-130.
Abstract: This article provides evidence of how different art museum visitation groups (high, middle, and low attendance levels) draw symbolic boundaries in order to distinguish themselves from others and develop a sense of group membership. In-depth, semi-structured interviews revealed that interviewees in the high visitation level mainly distinguished themselves from other visitors rather than from non-visitors. On the other hand, interviewees in the low visitation level distinguished themselves from non-visitors, while those in the middle level adopted an intermediate position by distinguishing themselves from both non-visitors and visitors. This process of exclusion and inclusion seems to define the interviewees’ self-identity and to influence their visitation decisions. Even though this study focuses on cultural boundaries, evidence of moral and socio-economic boundaries is also apparent.
Type: Article
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