Trajectories of Consecration: Signature Style and the Pace of Category Spanning

  title={Trajectories of Consecration: Signature Style and the Pace of Category Spanning},
  author={Giovanni Formilan and Gino Cattani and Simone Ferriani},
Consecration represents the most definitive form of legitimation in every cultural field. Complementing previous research focused on individual, contextual, and structural conditions underpinning consecration, this paper takes a sequence analytical perspective and explores whether diverse creative trajectories are more frequently associated with consecration. We introduce the notion of signature style and the pace of category spanning as key features for consecration. We argue that a… 
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