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Does culture tame the bunny? A content analysis of a global adult magazine

Meidiahna Kusuma (Department of Management, Universitas Ciputra, Surabaya, Indonesia)

Qualitative Market Research

ISSN: 1352-2752

Article publication date: 7 January 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

Few empirical studies have probed the effects of culture on the standardization/adaptation decision in the context of controversial products. This study aims to investigate the relationship between sociosexuality and the adaptation decision for editorial images and advertisements in Playboy magazine through content analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is a qualitative research using content analysis as the research approach. The content analysis is done for Playboy magazines from four culturally diverse countries conducted for this study.

Findings

The result shows that editions of the magazine across four culturally diverse countries reveal that sociosexuality is positively correlated to the degree of nudity in photographs and to the usage of advertising for controversial products. Moreover, the paper uses the concept of sociosexuality to gain a better understanding of the empirical discrepancies concerning nudity or sex appeal.

Originality/value

This research is an empirical study developed by author to confirm the influence of culture on the standardization/adaptation decision in the context of controversial products. This research is originally developed by author and has not been published before.

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Citation

Kusuma, M. (2014), "Does culture tame the bunny? A content analysis of a global adult magazine", Qualitative Market Research, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 4-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/QMR-07-2013-0045

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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