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Culture And The Ad: Exploring Otherness In The World Of Advertising
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Culture And The Ad: Exploring Otherness In The World Of Advertising (Paperback)

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If, through the years, American advertising has offered a clean and simple approach to getting out the word on new products or services, it has also made a complex, disturbing, and fascinating statement about American ideals and ideologies. This book, accessible to all readers, provides the necessary tools to interpret and understand in historical perspective how the American advertising industry portrays anyone other than the white American mainstreamAfrican Americans, women, Native Americans, tourists of many nationalities, all of whom have come to be known as the otherin its print media. With more than one hundred carefully selected illustrations, Professor OBarr takes us on an enlightening excursion from two early American travel manuals (which so subtly and perhaps even unconsciously delineated a hegemonic ideology to the amateur American tourist-photographer), to advertisements in the 1929 National Geographic magazine, to Dennis ORourkes disturbing 1987 film Cannibal Tours, to images of blackness across the twentieth century, and on to the representation of the Japanese (and, conversely, their representation of white Americans) in contemporary times.

Though the author writes in a witty and readable style for the student and general reader, the argument he develops is one of profound seriousness: that the representation of foreigners and other categories of outsiders who appear in advertisements provides paradigms for relations between members of advertisings intended audience and those defined as outside of it. These paradigms constitute an ideological guide for relationsof hierarchy, dominance, and subordinationbetween self and others, between us and them.

BusinessBusiness & managementSales & marketingAdvertisingBusinessIndustry & industrial studiesMedia, information & communication industriesAdvertising industryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 31/05/1994 ISBN-13: 9780813321974  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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William M. O'Barr is professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University.

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