Foreign brands in local cultures: A socio-cultural perspective of postmodern brandscapes

Fajer Saleh Al-Mutawa, Richard Elliott, Peter Nuttall

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The aim of this paper is to explore how the consumption of foreign brands may operate in a local culture (specifically, the consumption of Western luxury fashion brands among Muslim women in Kuwait). Field observations were conducted in Kuwait, and a qualitative questionnaire was administered to 50 Muslim female consumers. Although not a common method for qualitative research, the benefits of using a qualitative questionnaire are highlighted. The findings show that the socio-cultural dynamics in Kuwait (mainly religion and tradition) may restrict the expression of certain behaviour (such as female sexuality and dating). However, Muslim women make use of Western luxury fashion brands as postmodern brandscapes (fragmented and constantly negotiated use of a symbolic brand to actively construct lifestyle orientations and personal meanings among one's neo-tribe) to manifest their expressions of sexuality in alternative ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Issue number2
Early online date12 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


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