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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Music and well-being: a transformative consumer research perspective
Author(s): Sinclair, Gary
Tinson, Julie
Keywords: Transformative consumer research
music consumption
participatory research
intergenerational research
Issue Date: 2021
Date Deposited: 1-Jul-2021
Citation: Sinclair G & Tinson J (2021) Music and well-being: a transformative consumer research perspective. Journal of Marketing Management, 37 (15-16), pp. 1605-1623.
Abstract: While much is known about the therapeutic qualities of music, less is understood about its impact on well-being from a holistic perspective. To address this limitation, this study examines how music is used as a resource to manage all aspects of well-being: physical, mental, intellectual and social. Adopting a transformative consumer research perspective, the researchers partnered with community organisations and participants in the design of the research. This study explores experiences of older adults (60–81) and adolescent teenagers (15–17) in Ireland over a seven-month period, using interviews, participant observation of intergenerational music workshops, and participant music diaries to explore this phenomenon. Findings place emphasis on the role of intergenerational social well-being in addition to the role of music in pain management, structuring the everyday, providing purpose, confronting death/uncertainty, and the management of identity formation/loss. Suggestions for social policy and future research are also explored.
DOI Link: 10.1080/0267257x.2021.1945661
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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