“He's Still the Winner in My Mind”: Maintaining the Collective Identity in Sport through Social Creativity and Group Affirmation.

Jones, I., 2015. “He's Still the Winner in My Mind”: Maintaining the Collective Identity in Sport through Social Creativity and Group Affirmation. Journal of Consumer Culture.

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DOI: 10.1177/1469540515590479

Abstract

Social Creativity and Group Affirmation are two strategies by which individuals that identify with a sporting activity, team, group or individual may protect that sense of identification in light of negative events. This paper explores the use of such strategies through examining reactions to doping allegations surrounding Lance Armstrong to explain how members of two brand communities (one based on the brand of Armstrong as cyclist and the other on the brand of Armstrong as cancer survivor) maintain a sense of allegiance. Through undertaking a netnographic approach, six strategies were identified by members of these communities, three of which could be identified as Social Creativity Strategies (Lance Armstrong as “superhuman”, the notion of cycling as a ‘level playing field’, Armstrong as scapegoat) and three as Group Affirmation (Armstrong as a continuing inspiration, the Armstrong legacy, and denial). The two brand communities demonstrated differing patterns of maintenance, with those within the cycling community focusing more upon Social Creativity strategies, whereas those members of the Armstrong as cancer survivor brand tended to focus upon Group Affirmation strategies.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1741-2900
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Creativity, Group Affirmation, Brand identity, Collective Identity, Lance Armstrong
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:22228
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 14:22
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 11:53

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