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Branding Masculinity

Tracing the Cultural Foundations of Brand Meaning, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth C. Hirschman


96 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Branding Masculinity examines two ideologies of masculinity – one typifying rural agricultural areas and the other found in urban, business settings. Comparisons are made between these two current forms of masculinity and both similarities and differences are identified. Six product categories compose the Constellation of Masculinity for both groups. Hirschman selects a masculine prototype brand from each category and presents a detailed analysis of the images, language and marketing actions used to create the brand's masculinity over time. Using her method, marketers for other brands will be equipped to enhance the masculine status of their brands, as well.

Branding Masculinity proposes that masculine brands are made, not born. Masculinity is an enduring cultural ideal which can be attached to a variety of products and brands by the appropriate use of symbols, icons and images.

Scholars from various disciplines within the fields of branding, marketing, public relations and corporate identity will see this book as vital in continuing the academic discourse in the field. It will serve as a respected reference resource for researchers, academics, students and policy makers, alike.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures Foreword Preface 1. Tracing Masculinity 2. Men's Perceptions of Masculinity 3. What Women Want 4. Masculinity as a Vehicle 5. Weapons 6. Tools for Hand and Head 7. Alcohol and Tobacco 8. Masculine Grooming and Apparel 9. Retail Masculinity or the In-store Man Cave Index

About the Author

Elizabeth C. Hirschman is a Professor of Marketing at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, USA. She is the author of over 250 scholarly publications in the fields of consumer behavior, marketing, advertising, semiotics, social psychology, psychology and anthropology. She is a Past President and Fellow of the Association for Consumer Research and has been named as one of the most cited persons in the field of business and economics by the Institute for Scientific Information.

About the Series

Routledge Interpretive Marketing Research

Recent years have witnessed an ‘interpretive turn’ in marketing and consumer research. Methodologies from the humanities are taking their place alongside those drawn from the traditional social sciences. Qualitative and literary modes of marketing discourse are growing in popularity. Art and aesthetics are increasingly firing the marketing imagination. This series brings together the most innovative work in the burgeoning interpretive marketing research tradition. It ranges across the methodological spectrum from grounded theory to personal introspection, covering all aspects of the postmodern marketing ‘mix’, from advertising to product development, and embracing marketing’s principal sub-disciplines.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Advertising & Promotion
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Consumer Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / Research