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Toward a processual theory of transformation

Murray, J., Brokalaki, Z., Bhogal-Nair, A. , Cermin, A., Chelekis, J., Cocker, H., Eagar, T., McAlexander, B., Mitchell, N., Patrick, R., Robinson, T., Scholz, J., Thyroff, A., Zavala, M. & Zuniga, M. (2018). Toward a processual theory of transformation. Journal of Business Research, 100, pp. 319-326. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.12.025


This paper proposes that popular culture has the potential to be progressive, opening the possibility for social change and the motivation to drive it. Based on a hermeneutic analysis of twelve popular culture cases, a processual theory of transformation is constructed. Processual theories embrace and emphasize a dynamic temporal sequence where one conceptual category sets the stage for the next. They are useful in helping to explain how complex social processes unfold over time. The processual theory presented in this paper is based on four concepts: contradictions, emotions, progressive literacy, and praxis. This theory is useful to the TCR movement in three ways: first, the theory is descriptive, helping TCR researchers understand how society changes over time; second, the theory is prescriptive, enabling TCR researchers to think about potential social change strategies; and finally, the process used in this research serves as a paradigmatic frame for theory development in TCR.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elsevier 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Critical theory; Cultural studies; Processual theory; Social change; Consumer culture; Transformative consumer research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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