Consumer multiculturation in multicultural marketplaces: Mexican immigrants' responses to the global consumer culture construction of Tex-Mex as Mexican food

Cecilia Ibarra Cantu, Fiona Cheetham

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Abstract

This study examines the consumer multiculturation of Mexican immigrants in the context of their food consumption practices in the UK multicultural marketplace. Adopting a qualitative methodology involving interviews and participant observation allows participants to share their responses to global consumer culture constructions that equate Tex-Mex with ‘authentic’ Mexican food culture. Focusing on situated, dynamic interactions among multiple cultural elements – consumers, brands, marketing ideology - within multicultural marketplaces our research contributes to the theoretical development of consumer multiculturation by: (1) broadening the concept to embrace the intercultural dynamics of production (specifically crafting); (2) conceptualising creolisation cooking practices as a contextually contingent creative, productive and tangible means through which immigrant consumers exercise agency during consumer multiculturation; and (3) identifying clarifying practices that translate immigrant consumers’ home food culture for others, simultaneously problematising the cultural meanings of globalised foreign/ethnic food brands. We conclude the paper by discussing the implications for cultural branding strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume134
Early online date26 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

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