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Discourses of nature in advertising

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posted on 03.11.2007, 15:20 by Anders Hansen
Studies focused on advertising conducted from the early to mid-1990s suggested a considerable surge in the inclusion of environmental appeals in advertising; i. e., they provided evidence for a ‘greening’ of marketing to match the increase in media news coverage and public concern about environmental issues that characterized the late 1980s and early 1990s. Drawing on a range of media studies, and on an analysis of British television advertisements, this study shows that, while explicit environmental appeals and green marketing as such are now comparatively rare, nature imagery and appeals to the ‘natural’ are prominently deployed. It is argued that advertising, in this respect, makes an important contribution to ongoing public definitions of the environment, consumption, and environmental categories. Tracing the discourses of nature uncovered in a number of studies, an attempt is made to 1) examine how these change over time and 2) to explore how television advertising articulates and reworks deepseated cultural categories and understandings of nature, the natural, and the environment, and, in doing so, communicates important boundaries and public definitions of appropriate consumption and ‘uses’ of the natural environment

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Citation

Communications: European Journal of Communication Research, 2002, 27 (4), pp.499-511

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Communications: European Journal of Communication Research

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter

issn

0341-2059

eissn

1613-4087

Copyright date

2002

Available date

03/11/2007

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http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/comm.2002.27.issue-4/comm.2002.005/comm.2002.005.xml

Language

en