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Damon J. Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150888

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150888.001.0001

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The Sociological Congruence of Record Company Deception1

The Sociological Congruence of Record Company Deception1

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(p.103) Chapter 5 The Sociological Congruence of Record Company Deception1
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Shaping Jazz
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Damon J. Phillips

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150888.003.0006

This chapter examines the sociological congruence of record company deception. It explores deception through the lens of organizational role identities, where role identities are a function of when an organization was founded. It also discusses the role of pseudonyms by focusing on Victorian-era firms and the anti-jazz sentiments they faced. In particular, it considers the relationship of firm identities to the costs and success of highbrow versus lowbrow jazz recordings. The chapter shows that Victorian-era firms used deception to overcome two types of identity threats: their association with profitable but illegitimate types of jazz, and the actions of newer entrants that blurred the incumbents' identity.

Keywords:   sociological congruence, record company deception, organizational role identities, pseudonyms, Victorian-era firms, anti-jazz sentiments, jazz recordings, identity threats, incumbents, identity

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