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Shaping JazzCities, Labels, and the Global Emergence of an Art Form$
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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

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

Damon J. Phillips

Princeton University Press

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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