A space of One's Own: Women's Magazine Consumption Within Family Life

Lorna M. R. Stevens, Pauline Maclaran, Miriam Catterall

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    This is a study of women's magazine consumption in the home. It explores issues of time and space, and addresses the importance of magazine consumption in the context of busy lives and 'juggling' lifestyles. The study reveals family life to be a landscape within which women carve out what they perceive as valuable and rare time and space for themselves. The authors argue that in contemporary family life women's magazines play a key part in the quest for 'me time' and time away from others, in both a tangible and experiential sense.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages236-252
    JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
    Volume6
    Issue number4
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    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2007

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    Stevens, Lorna M. R. ; Maclaran, Pauline ; Catterall, Miriam. / A space of One's Own: Women's Magazine Consumption Within Family Life. In: Journal of Consumer Behaviour. 2007 ; Vol. 6, No. 4. pp. 236-252.
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Returning to Manderley'– romance fiction, female sexuality and class”. Feminist Review 16: 7–25. CrossRefLury C. 1996. Consumer Culture. Polity Press: Oxford. McCracken E. 1993. Decoding Women's Magazines from Mademoiselle to Ms. The Macmillan Press Ltd: Basingstoke. McCracken G. 1988. The Long Interview. Sage Publications, Inc.: Newbury Park. McRobbie A. 1994. Postmodernism and Popular Culture. Routledge: London. CrossRefMcRobbie A. 1997. The Es and the anti-Es: new questions for feminism and cultural studies. In Cultural Studies in Question, FergusonM, GoldingP (eds). Sage Publications: London. Mick DG, DeMoss M. (1990a). Self-gifts: phenomenological insights from four contexts. Journal of Consumer Research 17: 322–332. CrossRef,Web of Science{\circledR} Times Cited: 86Mick DG, DeMoss M. (1990b). From me to me: a descriptive phenomenology of self-gifts. Advances in Consumer Research 17: 677–682. Web of Science{\circledR} Times Cited: 16Modleski T. 1982. Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-produced fantasies for women. Methuen: London. Moore S. 1986. Permitted Pleasures, Women's Review 10: 9–10. Moores S. 1997. Broadcasting and its audiences. In Consumption and Everyday Life, MackayH (ed.). 1997. The Open University: Milton Keynes; 213–258. Morley D. 2000. Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. Routledge. London. Morris M. 1998. Feminism, reading, postmodernism. In Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (2nd edn), StoreyJ (ed.). Prentice Hall: Hemel Hempstead; 365–370. Munro M, Madigan R. 1999. Negotiating space in the family home. In At Home: An Anthropology of Domestic Space, CieraadI (ed.). Syracuse University Press: Syracuse, NY; 107–117. Murdock G, Hartman P, Gray P. 1995. Contextualising home computing. In The Politics of Domestic Consumption, JacksonS, MooresS (eds). Hemel Hempstead: Harvester. Nava M. 1987. Consumption and its Contradictions, Cultural Studies 1: No. 2: 204–210. CrossRefNava M. 1991. 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The bridge from text to mind: adapting reader-response theory to consumer research. Journal of Consumer Research 21: 461–480. CrossRef,Web of Science{\circledR} Times Cited: 84Sherry JF Jr, McGrath MA, Levy SJ. 1995. Monadic giving. In Contemporary Marketing and Consumer Behavior: An Anthropological Sourcebook, SherryJFJr (ed.). Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. Shildrick M. 1997. Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)Ethics. Routledge: London. Solomon MR. 1988. Mapping product constellations: a social categorization approach to symbolic consumption. Psychology and Marketing 5(3): 233–258. Solomon MR. 2002. Consumer Behavior: Buying Having and Being (5th edn). Prentice Hall International, Inc.: New Jersey. Stern BB. 2000. Advertisements as women's texts: a feminist overview. In Marketing and Feminism: Current Issues and Research, CatterallM, MaclaranP, StevensL (eds). Routledge: London; 57–74. Web of Science{\circledR} Times Cited: 24Stevens L. 2002. 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Returning to Manderley'– romance fiction, female sexuality and class”. Feminist Review 16: 7–25. CrossRefLury C. 1996. Consumer Culture. Polity Press: Oxford. McCracken E. 1993. Decoding Women's Magazines from Mademoiselle to Ms. The Macmillan Press Ltd: Basingstoke. McCracken G. 1988. The Long Interview. Sage Publications, Inc.: Newbury Park. McRobbie A. 1994. Postmodernism and Popular Culture. Routledge: London. CrossRefMcRobbie A. 1997. The Es and the anti-Es: new questions for feminism and cultural studies. In Cultural Studies in Question, FergusonM, GoldingP (eds). Sage Publications: London. Mick DG, DeMoss M. (1990a). Self-gifts: phenomenological insights from four contexts. Journal of Consumer Research 17: 322–332. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 86Mick DG, DeMoss M. (1990b). From me to me: a descriptive phenomenology of self-gifts. Advances in Consumer Research 17: 677–682. Web of Science® Times Cited: 16Modleski T. 1982. Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-produced fantasies for women. Methuen: London. Moore S. 1986. Permitted Pleasures, Women's Review 10: 9–10. Moores S. 1997. Broadcasting and its audiences. In Consumption and Everyday Life, MackayH (ed.). 1997. The Open University: Milton Keynes; 213–258. Morley D. 2000. Home Territories: Media, Mobility and Identity. Routledge. London. Morris M. 1998. Feminism, reading, postmodernism. In Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (2nd edn), StoreyJ (ed.). Prentice Hall: Hemel Hempstead; 365–370. Munro M, Madigan R. 1999. Negotiating space in the family home. In At Home: An Anthropology of Domestic Space, CieraadI (ed.). Syracuse University Press: Syracuse, NY; 107–117. Murdock G, Hartman P, Gray P. 1995. Contextualising home computing. In The Politics of Domestic Consumption, JacksonS, MooresS (eds). Hemel Hempstead: Harvester. Nava M. 1987. Consumption and its Contradictions, Cultural Studies 1: No. 2: 204–210. CrossRefNava M. 1991. Consumerism reconsidered: buying and power. Cultural Studies 5(2): 157–173. CrossRefNowell-Smith G. 1987. Popular culture. New Formations 2: 79–90. Oakley A. 1974. The Sociology of Housework. Martin Robertson: London. Radner H. 1995. Shopping Around: Feminine Culture and the Pursuit of Pleasure. Routledge: London. Radway JA. 1987. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Feminism. Verso: London. Rakow LF. 1998. Giving patriarchy its due. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (2nd edn), StoreyJ (ed.). Prentice Hall: Hemel Hempstead; 275–291. Rook D. 1985. The ritual dimension of consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Research 12: 251–264. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 100Schudson M. 1998. The new validation of popular culture: sense and sentimentality in academia. In Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (2nd edn), StoreyJ (ed.). Prentice Hall: Hemel Hempstead; 495–503. Scott LM. 1994. The bridge from text to mind: adapting reader-response theory to consumer research. Journal of Consumer Research 21: 461–480. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 84Sherry JF Jr, McGrath MA, Levy SJ. 1995. Monadic giving. In Contemporary Marketing and Consumer Behavior: An Anthropological Sourcebook, SherryJFJr (ed.). Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA. Shildrick M. 1997. Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)Ethics. Routledge: London. Solomon MR. 1988. Mapping product constellations: a social categorization approach to symbolic consumption. Psychology and Marketing 5(3): 233–258. Solomon MR. 2002. Consumer Behavior: Buying Having and Being (5th edn). Prentice Hall International, Inc.: New Jersey. Stern BB. 2000. Advertisements as women's texts: a feminist overview. In Marketing and Feminism: Current Issues and Research, CatterallM, MaclaranP, StevensL (eds). Routledge: London; 57–74. Web of Science® Times Cited: 24Stevens L. 2002. Your sofa awaits: getting carried away by experiential consumption. In Sixth Proceedings of the Gender, Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Conference, MaclaranP, Tissier DesbordesE (eds). ESCP-EAP Printing Service: Paris; 181–190. Web of Science® Times Cited: 27Stevens L, Maclaran P, Brown S. 2003. Red time is me time: advertising, ambivalence, and women's magazines. Journal of Advertising 32(1): 35–46. Web of Science® Times Cited: 4Tetreault MAS, Kleine RE. 1990. Ritual, ritualized behaviour, and habit: refinements and extensions of the consumption ritual construct. Advances in Consumer Research 17: 31–38. Web of Science® Times Cited: 2Thompson CJ. 1996. Caring consumers: gendered consumption meanings and the juggling lifestyle. Journal of Consumer Research 22: 388–407. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 58Thompson CJ. 1997. Interpreting consumers: a hermeneutical framework for deriving marketing insights from the texts of consumers' consumption stories. Journal of Marketing Research 34: 4(Nov) 438–455. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 91Thompson CJ, Locander WB, Pollio HR. 1989. Putting consumer experience back into consumer research: the philosophy and method of existential-phenomenology. Journal of Consumer Research 16(2): 133–146. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 192Thompson CJ, Locander WB, Pollio HR. 1990. The lived experience of free choice: an existential-phenomenological description of everyday consumer experiences of contemporary married women. Journal of Consumer Research 17: 346–361. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 77Thompson CJ, Pollio HR, Locander WB. 1994. The spoken and the unspoken: a hermeneutic approach to understanding the cultural viewpoints that underlie consumers' expressed meanings. Journal of Consumer Research 21: 432–452. CrossRef,Web of Science® Times Cited: 49Van Zoonen L. 1994. Feminist Media Studies. Sage Publications: London. Winship J. 1987. Inside Women's Magazines. 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