Hard Sell: Advertising, Affluence and Transatlantic Relations, c. 1951-69 - Studies in Popular Culture (Paperback)Sean Nixon (author)
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Focusing on advertising's relationship to the mass market housewife, this study shows how advertising promoted new standards of material comfort in the selling of a range of everyday consumer goods and, in the process, generalised a cross-class image of the 'modern housewife' across the new medium of television. Nixon shows how the practices through which advertising understood and represented the 'modern housewife' and domestic consumption were influenced by American advertising and commercial culture. In doing so, he challenges the way critics and historians have often understood Anglo-American relations, and shows how American influences across a range of areas of advertising practice were not only a source of inspiration, but were also adapted and reworked to speak more effectively to the British consumer.
Now available in paperback, Hard sell offers a major new analysis of the techniques of advertising in the decades of post-war affluence and advertising's relationship to the social changes associated with growing prosperity.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 327 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
'Nixon's Hard Sell is a valuable addition to the field of advertising history that brings a much-needed transatlantic analysis to the fore.'
Stephanie American, H-Diplo, October 2016
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