Consumer Ethnocentrism: Possibilities for Marketing Implication Improvements

Consumer Ethnocentrism: Possibilities for Marketing Implication Improvements

Marija Cutura (University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2524-2.ch002
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Abstract

The concept of consumer ethnocentrism describes consumers’ feelings, attitudes, and behavior towards domestic products as subjects of pride and identity. As one of the most researched phenomena in the international marketing literature, consumer ethnocentrism is often considered an important informal barrier for international trade. Considering the fact that consumer ethnocentrism is becoming relevant for international marketing practice, the main goal of this chapter is to provide better understanding of this concept based on the analysis of consumer ethnocentrism studies. Implications of empirical studies mostly depend on the capability and range of generalization of their results. Analysis in this chapter is focused on comparability issues as a basic starting point for findings generalization and marketing implication improvements. The purpose of the analysis is to derive the most important guidelines for comprehensive consumer-centric strategies based on the studies of consumer ethnocentrism.
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Conceptual And Methodological Aspects Of Consumer Ethnocentrism

Ever since the 1970s, consumer ethnocentrism has been treated as a concept which represents beliefs about the superiority of domestic products (Jacoby, 1978). Shimp and Sharma (1987) noted that American-made products historically provided the frame of reference whereby American consumers evaluated imported products, which often were considered inferior and eschewed.

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