Take a Look at Me Now: Consecration and the Phil Collins Effect

André Spicer, Pinar Cankurtaran, Michael Beverland

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Consecration is the process by which producers in creative fields become canonized as “greats.” However, is this the end of the story? Research on consecration focuses on the drivers of consecration but pays little attention to the post-consecration period. Furthermore, the research ignores the dynamics of consecration. To address these gaps, we examine the changing fortunes of a consecrated artist – the musician Phil Collins. We identify the ways in which three actors (fans, critics, and peers) assemble for consecration, disassemble for deconsecration, and reassemble for reconsecration. Examining the changing public image and commercial fortunes of Collins as a solo artist between 1980 and 2020, we identify an N-shaped process of rise-fall-rise that we call the Phil Collins Effect. This effect offers a new way of thinking about how cultural producers gain, lose and regain status in their fields.
TitelThe Generation, Recognition and Legitimation of Novelty
RedaktørerGino Cattani, Dirk Deichmann, Simone Ferriani
Antal sider30
ForlagEmerald Group Publishing
ISBN (Trykt)9781801179980
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781801179973, 9781801179997
StatusUdgivet - 2022
NavnResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Consecration
  • Reconsecration
  • Career revival
  • Artistic reputation
  • Popular culture
  • Phil Collins