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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.||Link:||http://ija.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.85/prod.384||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.||URI:||http://ktisis.cut.ac.cy/handle/10488/941||Type:||Article|
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