Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Abstract

Presents research into materialistic values among Chinese children, in the context of Chinese culture and rapid economic growth, contrasting materialistic values with both communistic and Confucian values. Reviews the literature, which shows that children understand the concepts of possession and value from a very young age, and also shows the importance of collectivist values in Chinese advertising. Outlines the research method, which involved interviews with 15 students at a Beijing elementary school, and asked them to respond to pictures of children with and without new and expensive toys and games. Finds that there was a surprising negative attitudes to possessions: children with fewer possessions were perceived to have more friends, whereas those with lots of “cool stuff” would look down on other children; this type of attitude was present even among the younger children, who were naturally more egocentric, and other negative attitudes were that owning lots of toys was wasteful and would have an adverse effect on academic achievement. Concludes that Chinese society and parents both appear to discourage materialistic values, and makes suggestions for further research and for marketing campaigns. © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Publication Year

2005

Journal Title

Young Consumers

Volume number

1

Issue number

6

Publisher

Emerald

First Page (page number)

54

Last Page (page number)

65

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1108/17473610510814435

ISSN (print)

17473616

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17473610510814435

Keywords

Attitude surveys, Children (age roups), China, Consumerism

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