Marketing Modernity: Italian advertising from fascism to postmodernity
Title: Marketing Modernity: Italian advertising from fascism to postmodernity
Author: ARVIDSSON, Adam
Citation: London/New York, Routledge, 2003, Studies in consumption and markets
In Marketing Modernity, Adam Arvidsson traces the development of Italy's postmodern consumer culture from the 1920s to the present day. In so doing, Arvidsson argues that the culture of consumption we see in Italy today has its direct roots in the social vision articulated by the advertising industry in the years following the First World War. He then goes on to discuss how that vision was further elaborated by advertising's interaction with subsequent big discourses in Twentieth Century Italy: fascism, post-war mass political parties and the counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s. Based on a wide range of primary sources, this fascinating book takes an innovative historical approach to the study of consumption.
Table of Contents:
--PART I From Fascism to Fordism --1 Introduction 3 --2 From unification to the Fascist takeover: the first developments of mass consumption 13 --3 Bourgeois into Fascists? Mass consumption and the regime 22 --4 The American influence 44 --PART II The Roots of Postmodernity 65 --5 The economic miracle: mass consumption and modernization 67 --6 The new ethic of consumption I: the new housewife 90 --7 The new ethic of consumption II: crisis and reconstruction 109 --8 The triumph of consumer culture 130 --Notes 147 --Index 175
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/5207