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An Exploratory Inquiry on the Antecedents of Prestige Judgments

ContributorsCzellar, Sandor
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  • Cahiers de recherche; 2001.10
Publication date2001
Abstract

How do consumers evaluate the prestige of a person or an object ? This paper proposes an empirical exploration of this question from a symbolic interactionist point of view. On the basis of in-depth interviews with consumers, a conceptual model is proposed. The findings highlight the key role of (1) the perception of unique human achievement; (2) the interpretation of socially shared symbols and (3) reference group influence in the formation of subjective prestige judgments. The informant's expertise, self-monitoring style and socio-cultural factors moderate the relationships between these constructs. The results point to similar mechanisms for the perceived prestige of people and inanimate objects. The paper ends with a discussion of the limits of the study and future research directions.

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CZELLAR, Sandor. An Exploratory Inquiry on the Antecedents of Prestige Judgments. 2001
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