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Ethnic identity, consumer ethnocentrism, and purchase intentions among bi-cultural ethnic consumers: “Divided loyalties” or “dual allegiance”?

Alia El Banna, Nicolas Papadopoulos, Steven A. Murphy, Michel Rod and José I. Rojas-Méndez

Journal of Business Research, 2018, vol. 82, issue C, 310-319

Abstract: Consumer ethnocentrism has been studied extensively in international marketing in the context of one's country of residence. This paper investigates for the first time the notion of “dual ethnocentrism”, which may be encountered among ethnic consumers who have an allegiance toward, or divided loyalties between, two countries: One with which they are ethnically linked, or “home”, and one where they presently live and work, or “host”. The study examines the relationship between ethnic identity, dual ethnocentrism, and purchase intentions among ethnic consumers, a market segment of growing importance in research and practice. The analysis focuses on differences in the respondents' home- and host-related ethnocentrism and finds that indeed ethnocentric feelings and their effects differ depending on the country of reference. In this light, the study suggests that ethnocentrism is a considerably more complex construct than previously thought, advances our understanding of ethnicity and ethnocentrism, and discusses the theoretical and managerial implications arising from dual ethnocentrism.

Keywords: Ethnocentrism; Ethnic identity; Ethnicity; Ethnocentrism; Purchase intentions; Country and product images (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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