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To restore what once was : a mixed methods approach to understanding the shoe repair transaction Public Deposited

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  • The shoe repair transaction, as it occurs in the 5000 or so remaining shoe repair shops in the United States, is currently unexamined in academic literature for the significance it holds for either shoe repairers or their customers. Making use of both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, this work serves to explain both the reason why this transaction occurs and the meaning part it plays for defining the self for shoe repairers and their customers. In the condition of late modernity, infatuation with the ephemeral is evident when considering jobs, relationships, or objects. Shoe repairers and their customers reject temporality as a model for their lives and come together to define themselves in opposition to these understandings of people and objects. Relatively wealthy "well-heeled" customers understand objects as investments and seek out shoe repair services to maintain their investments. Shoe repairers exist as a residual element from a bygone era and through their craft align with old understandings of objects, relationships, and occupations. The new appearance of repaired objects provide an effective way for upper class customers to appear to align with dominant values of conspicuous consumption while in fact supporting residual values of long term stability in objects and relationships.
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