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Advertising and Consumer Society
A Critical Introduction

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ISBN 9781032181363
April 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This critical introductory text explores the role of advertising in contemporary culture and its connections to larger economic, social and political forces. Written in an engaging and accessible style and incorporating a wide range of examples from around the world, the chapters introduce the key concepts, methods and debates needed to analyse and understand advertising.

From an investigation of advertising’s crucial function in media economics and our wider capitalist system to a consideration of the people who both make and watch advertising, this insightful text enables students to: make sense of advertising’s powerful influence as both an economic force and an artistic form; assess the various claims of these two perspectives on advertising; and understand how they challenge and complicate one another. This revised second edition includes a new chapter on branding and promotional culture, and substantially updated content on topics like digital and online advertising, surveillance and empowerment, as well as brand new topics like self-branding/influencers and using technology to evade advertising.

Equipping students with the skills needed to partake in this lively discourse, the text is an invaluable resource for studying advertising critically. It is essential reading for students of advertising, media studies and communication studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Foundations of Studying Advertising 1. Introduction: Why study advertising? 2. The History of Advertising: Contexts, Transformations and Continuity 3. Analysing Advertisements: Form, Semiotics and Ideology Part 2: Advertising and Capitalism 4. Advertising, Economics, and Ideology 5. Commodities and Commodity Fetishism 6. The Audience Commodity, Media Fragmentation and Data Surveillance 7. Blurred Lines: Branding, Promotion, and Influence(rs) Part 3: Agency, Art, and Other Complications 8. Advertising Agencies: Organisation, Agency and Internal Conflict 9. Advertising as Art: From Creativity to Critique 10. Active Advertising Audiences: Identity, Engagement and Resistance 11. The Politics of Advertising: Capitalism, Art, Agency and Dialectics

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Nicholas Holm is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies based on the Wellington campus of Massey University, New Zealand, where he teaches courses in popular culture, advertising and communication. His research explores the political role of popular culture and entertainment media, with a particular focus on humour and comedy. He is the author of Humour as Politics (Palgrave 2016).