Global Consumer Culture: A qualitative study on how consumers construct global selves through consumption.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: Globalisation is changing the world and our daily lives are governed by products and images originating from other countries and other cultures. Globalisation influences consumer culture and different authors have argued for the emergence of global consumer culture. However, previous literature de-emphasizes what consumer beliefs about the global consumer culture are and how people who believe that they are global try to construct themselves as global in terms of consumption. What are their motives of being global and what kind of needs and wants do they cover by being global consumers?
Purpose: To explore and illustrate how consumers try to construct their global selves through consumption.
Method: An abductive, qualitative research approach with a combination of exploratory and descriptive research design was chosen. Primary data collection through semi-structured in-depth interviews was conducted among 15 respondents who tried to construct their global selves through consumption. These consumers were selected through a non-probability sampling and interviews took place in Jönköping, Sweden.
Conclusion: Consumers try to construct their global selves in a variety of ways, the most common ones are through travelling and engaging in cultural experiences, consuming products from specific countries for certain reasons, and by observing the market as one whole global market, thus not limiting themselves into the boundaries of specific countries, regions or continents. This consumption is then grounded on myths and beliefs that they have accumulated about global consumer culture while gaining experience in different parts of the world. These myths and beliefs are however based on their perceptions towards global consumer culture, not objective reality per se.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 47 p.
Globalisation, Consumer Culture, Global Consumer, Global Self, Country-of-Origin.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24262OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-24262DiVA: diva2:735381
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
Hartmann, Benjamin, Ph.D