Cultural consequences of brands' masstige: An emerging market perspective

Das, Manish, Saha, Victor, Jebarajakirthy, Charles, Kalai, Anjana and Debnath, Nirmalya (2022) Cultural consequences of brands' masstige: An emerging market perspective. Journal of Business Research, 146. pp. 338-353. ISSN 0148-2963

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The increase in disposable income and the luxury aspirations of the middle-class have led to the introduction of a new genre of luxury, known as masstige luxury. The extant research has yet to investigate the role of acculturation - changes in an individual's thoughts and behavior that result from (in)direct exposure to culturally dissimilar individuals or groups - in shaping the masstige perception of a brand. The current study addresses this gap by examining how various acculturation patterns (i.e., integration, assimilation, separation, and marginalization) assess the mass-prestige quotient of fashion accessory brands (sunglasses). The study identifies RayBan as a masstige brand in the sunglasses category and observes that the assimilation acculturation group assigned RayBan the highest masstige score, followed by the integration, marginalization, and separation groups. Furthermore, cultural worldview is identified as the underlying mechanism for differences in the masstige scores across various acculturation groups. By explaining the cultural consequences of masstige-based brand consumption, this study contributes to the growing masstige academic literature

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Acculturation | Consumer Culture Theory | Culture | Emerging Market | Ethnic Identity | Masstige
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Business, Management and Accounting > General Management
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Business School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2023 09:11
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 09:11
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