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Gender effects on consumers’ symbolic and hedonic preferences and actual clothing consumption in the Czech Republic

Millan, E. and Wright, L. T. (2018) Gender effects on consumers’ symbolic and hedonic preferences and actual clothing consumption in the Czech Republic. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 42 (5). pp. 478-488. ISSN 1470-6423

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/ijcs.12447


During the last decade or so consumer products have become more divided by gender than ever before. These changes in marketing practices are likely to introduce, alter or increase any existing gender differences regarding consumers’ product preferences and actual consumption. This is a very timely study examining how gender relates to consumers’ interest in clothing artefacts and their preferences for the self- and social-symbolic and hedonic meanings of clothing. The influence of gender on actual purchase behaviour towards clothing is also explored. The proposed hypotheses are tested on a large-scale sample of some 1,000+ respondents drawn in the Czech Republic. Using analysis of variance tests, gender differences were found with regard to all but one consumer behaviour phenomenon. No gender effect was found only regarding consumer preference for clothing affiliation symbolism. The study contributes to the theoretical development and empirical evidence in the field of gendered symbolic and hedonic consumption of clothing artefacts. Its findings also suggest possible actions by fashion marketers, as well as some interesting venues for future research.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Agri-Food Economics & Marketing
ID Code:77425
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gender effects; Gender theories; Consumers' symbolic and hedonic preferences; Actual purchase behaviour; Clothing


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