Brands: Meaning and Value in Media Culture

Brands: Meaning and Value in Media Culture

by Adam Arvidsson
     
 

Drawing on rich empirical material, this revealing book builds up a critical theory, arguing that brands have become an important tool for transforming everyday life into economic value.

When branding lifestyles or value complexes onto their products, companies assume that consumers desire products for their ability to give meaning to their lives. Yet, brands

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Drawing on rich empirical material, this revealing book builds up a critical theory, arguing that brands have become an important tool for transforming everyday life into economic value.

When branding lifestyles or value complexes onto their products, companies assume that consumers desire products for their ability to give meaning to their lives. Yet, brands also have a key function within managerial strategy. Examining the history of audience and market research, marketing thought and advertising strategy; the first part of this book traces the historical development of branding, whilst the second part evaluates new media, contemporary management and overall media economics to present the first systematic theory of brands: the brand as a key institution in information capitalism. It includes chapters on:

  • consumption
  • marketing
  • brand management
  • online branding
  • the brand as informational capital.

Richly illustrated with case studies from market research, advertising, shop displays, mobile phones, the internet and virtual companies, this outstanding book is essential reading for students and researchers of the sociology of media, cultural studies, advertising and consumer studies and marketing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415347167
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/17/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Consumption 3. Marketing 4. Brand Management 5. Online Branding 6. The Brand as Informational Capital

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