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You are an embarrassment: A qualitative investigation of brand embarrassment among young adolescents

Juhi Gahlot Sarkar (IBS Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India)
Abhigyan Sarkar (Department of Marketing, Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad, New Delhi, India)

Qualitative Market Research

ISSN: 1352-2752

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




The purposes of this qualitative study are to investigate brand embarrassment which is a unique social consumption emotion and to identify possible antecedents, consequences and moderating factors associated with it.


The study reviewed a large volume of literature on embarrassment. The literature review was followed by a series of semi-structured, in-depth interviews of selected brand-conscious young adult informants in India. The data collected through such interviews were coded following grounded theory method.


The final outcome of the study is a comprehensive grounded theory framework. The framework depicts various antecedents and consequences of brand embarrassment and specific moderating factors shaping the influences of specific antecedents on brand embarrassment.


The value of this qualitative study lies in developing an elaborate grounded theory framework showing the inter-relationships between brand embarrassment and other related concepts.



Sarkar, J.G. and Sarkar, A. (2017), "You are an embarrassment: A qualitative investigation of brand embarrassment among young adolescents", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 289-305.



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