The role of brands in the formation and manifestation of adolescent identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Kleyn, Nicola en
dc.contributor.postgraduate De Gouveia, Claudia Maureen Gois en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-07T00:41:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-19 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-07T00:41:50Z
dc.date.created 2012-03-08 en
dc.date.issued 2012-09-19 en
dc.date.submitted 2012-06-24 en
dc.description Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2012. en
dc.description.abstract The role that brands play in the lives of consumers has changed dramatically over time, from purely functional to instrumental, symbolic and hedonic in nature. Literature supports that brands are major contributors to, and reflections of, consumer identities. Despite this, literature referring to adolescents, brands and identity is lacking. Adolescents are emerging as the most brand-orientated, consumer-involved and materialistic generation in history. This research sought to understand the role of brands in adolescent identity through: i) sourcing literature to understand the role of brands in the formation and manifestation of adolescent identity, and ii) empirically deepening our understanding of how adolescents use brands to form and manifest their identities in an emerging market context. In a qualitative research study using focus groups, the views of four high- and low-income groups of female adolescents were investigated, compared and contrasted. Differences and commonalities were evident among groups around current brands owned versus brands aspired to, whether brands are consumed for the self or for others, and the role of reference groups. The findings showed differences between the high-income groups, suggesting that variances exist due to differing social standings. The findings further suggested commonalities between the low- and high-income adolescents from a lower social standing. These findings suggest the importance and need for further research in understanding the adolescent consumer psyche and proposes ethical considerations on the part of marketers. en
dc.description.availability unrestricted en
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.identifier.citation De Gouveia, CMG 2011, The role of brands in the formation and manifestation of adolescent identity, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25811 > en
dc.identifier.other F/12/4/643/zw en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06242012-154203/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25811
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
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dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Brands en
dc.subject Materialism en
dc.subject Status consumption en
dc.subject Conspicuous consumption en
dc.title The role of brands in the formation and manifestation of adolescent identity en
dc.type Dissertation en


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