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Advertising, Values and Social Change

A Sociological Analysis

Author(s): Maria Angela Polesana

Book Description

This book provides a snapshot of the major social, cultural and economic changes that have taken place in the contemporary consumer society following the global financial crisis of 2008. It discusses brands, consumption patterns and advertising, and highlights their symbolic component. Markets are conversations, as the Cluetrain Manifesto pointed out as early as 2000, and this is all the more so today in our increasingly digitalized society. Advertising, therefore, needs to attune products to the most interesting conversations, those that are consistent with the new sensibility of the individual, identifying the languages which reflect most closely the new values and which are most useful for effective storytelling. The analysis here focuses on Italian advertising, but the language categories described are in tune with the new Zeitgeist, which, faced with the challenge of climate change and the crisis of unlimited economic growth, demands a more informed and responsible approach to consumption globally. The book is, therefore, useful for those working in corporate communication, advertising agencies, universities and Italian cultural organizations.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3640-1
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3640-8
Date of Publication: 01/10/2019
Pages / Size: 117 / A5
Price: £58.99


Maria Angela Polesana is Associate Professor at IULM University in Milan, Italy, where she teaches Sociology of Consumption and Sociology of Media. Her research is primarily focused on consumption, media, brands and advertising. She is also carrying out research for the Fashion Center (FACE) at IULM University, which specializes in the analysis of the socio-cultural aspects of fashion. Her publications include the books: Communication mix: come comunica l’impresa [Communication Mix: How the Enterprise Communicates] (2007); Criminality Show. La costruzione mediatica del colpevole [Criminality Show: The Media Construction of the Guilty] (2010); and La pubblicità intelligente: l’uso dell’ironia in pubblicità [Smart Advertising: The Use of Irony in Advertising] (2005).