Globalisation and intercultural learning: young adult Iranians' consumption practices and lifestyle choices

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In this paper, I examine the consumption practices of young adult Iranians in the context of cultural globalization. Based on the analysis of qualitative data, collected through participatory observation and in-depth interviews with 28 individuals in Tehran and Karaj, I conceptualize cultural globalization as an intercultural learning process. I demonstrate how, through its influx and intrinsic reflexivity, cultural globalization inserts change on these individuals' perception of self and identity and, consequently, everyday life consumption practices and lifestyle choices. I propose a model that explains the reflexive mechanism of cultural globalization in a developing country like Iran and conclude the paper with a call for further research into the dynamics of globalization and consumers' identity projects in both developed and developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventConsumer Culture Theory Conference - Boston, United States of America
Duration: 19 Jun 200822 Jun 2008


ConferenceConsumer Culture Theory Conference
CityBoston, United States of America


  • consumer culture theory
  • consumer behaviour
  • marketing
  • globalization
  • identity
  • youth culture
  • Iran

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