The making of a consumer society: marketing and modernity in contemporary Italy
Title: The making of a consumer society: marketing and modernity in contemporary Italy
Author: ARVIDSSON, Adam
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2000
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
In this thesis, 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.
LC Subject Heading: Advertising -- Italy -- History -- 20th century; Consumption (Economics) -- Italy -- History -- 20th century; Italy -- Civilization -- 1945-
Defence date: 20 March 2000; Examining board: Prof. Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University) ; Prof. Peppino Ortoleva (Università degli Studi di Siena) ; Prof. Luisa Passerini (EUI- co-supervisor) ; Prof. Gianfranco Poggi (EUI - Supervisor)
Published version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/22502
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