Exploring brand symbolism amongst 10 year old urban Pakistani children

Saima Husain and Amber G. Rashid

First published: 1 March 2019


This research uses consumer culture theory and thematic analysis to study the phenomenon of brand symbolism and self-image in 10 year old Pakistani boys from the high socioeconomic class. Results reveal that 10 year old Pakistani boys want to be seen as intelligent and mature. They start benchmarking themselves against an ideal self-image and also develop an understanding of symbolic consumption. Their sense of how different brands correlate with different age groups is well developed and their own consumption is moving in favor of brands and product categories that are patronized by adults.

Keywords: Children · Consumer culture theory · Brand symbolism · Self identity · Pakistani culture.

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