Marketing traditional and contemporary folklore: how microbreweries and community events process local legends and folklore in Québec

LeBlanc, Julie Marie-Anne (2015) Marketing traditional and contemporary folklore: how microbreweries and community events process local legends and folklore in Québec. Doctoral (PhD) thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the commodification of culture pertaining to re-imaginings of historical Québec, New France colonies, political rebellions, imagined communities, shared cultural traits, and romantic heroic associations as seen in beer product placement, advertisements and reenactments from theme-restaurants to organized community events. Because folklore is often used to sell products and tourism packages, these products become transmitters of the selected folk items whether they are legends, figures, or the knowledge of occupational folk trades, as seen and constructed by the population creating these products. While much of the folklore scholarship surrounding the uses and misuses of folklore in consumption focuses on concepts of “authenticity,” I focused the lens on how companies view utilizable items of folklore, from packaging to public relations, and how the selection and rejection of vernacular heritage is used for cultural pride and identity. This research challenges theories on legend dissemination in form as well as perceived “shared common traits” used in commodified objects. I conducted fieldwork using various methodologies, from individual session interviews to market focus groups and also included an online survey to examine the process of using folklore in selling products and how this influences and produces community events. These different approaches to collecting and analyzing data by combining the traditional one-on-one interviews in folklore with the focus group sessions and surveys found in marketing studies has proved not only useful but necessary when researching a hybrid form of folk-consumer studies. The outcomes of this research are relevant for business studies notably in how marketing models and their studied interpretations bring folklore perspectives in the use of targeted mass media planning.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral (PhD))
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8409
Item ID: 8409
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-354).
Keywords: commercialization, branding, identity, beer, label, tradition, tourism, marketing, folklore, culture, consumption, nationalism, regionalism, Québec, Canada, brewing, Unibroue, politics of representation, commodification of culture, heritage, events, community, rebellions, advertisements, legends, devil lore, folklorism, sovereignty, independence movements
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Folklore
Date: March 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Québec
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mass media and folklore--Québec; Applied folklore--Québec; Commercial products--Québec--Folklore; Branding (Marketing)--Québec; Folklore--Economic aspects--Québec; Material culture--Québec

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