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Imagining Marketing

Art, Aesthetics and the Avant-Garde, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Brown, Anthony Patterson


324 pages

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Imagination is a word that is widely used by marketing practitioners but rarely examined by marketing academics. This neglect is largely due to the imagination's 'artistic' connotations, which run counter to the 'scientific' mindset that dominates marketing scholarship. Of late, however, an artistic 'turn' has taken place in marketing research, and this topical study argues that the mantle of imagination has now passed on from the artist to the marketer. It contends, moreover, that the tools and techniques of artistic appreciation can be successfully applied to all manner of marketplace phenomena. Key features include:

* the treatment of artistic artefacts as a source of marketing understanding

* a detailed discussion surrounding the argument that marketers should adopt more imaginative modes of academic expression

* an analysis of the kind of art that marketing is, and the place of imagination in marketing's artistic palette.

This book provokes a new way of thinking about marketing, and will prove invaluable to marketing academics, researchers and practitioners.


'Imagining Marketing … provokes a new way of thinking about marketing, and will prove invaluable to marketing academics, researchers and practioners.' - Journal of International Marketing and Marketing Research

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 / Marketing / General