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Creating Corporate Soul : The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big Business

Creating Corporate Soul : The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big Business - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520226883

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ISBN13: 978-0520226883
ISBN10: 0520226887
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 1998
International: No

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Creating Corporate Soul : The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big Business - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0520226883

Roland Marchand

ISBN13: 978-0520226883
ISBN10: 0520226887
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: University of California Press

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Over the course of the twentieth century the popular perception of America's giant corporations has undergone an astonishing change. Condemned as dangerous leviathans in the century's first decades, by 1945 major corporations had become respected, even revered, institutions. Roland Marchand's lavishly illustrated and carefully researched book tells how large companies such as AT&T and U.S. Steel created their own ''souls'' in order to reassure consumers and politicians that bigness posed no threat to democracy or American values. Marchand traces this important transformation in the culture of capitalism by offering a series of case studies of such corporate giants as General Motors, General Electric, Metropolitan Life Insurance, and Du Pont Chemicals. Marchand examines the rhetorical and visual imagery developed by corporate leaders to win public approval and build their own internal corporate culture. In the ''golden era'' of the 1920s, companies boasted of their business statesmanship, but in the Depression years many of them turned in desperation to forms of public relations that strongly defended the capitalist system. During World War II public relations gained new prominence within corporate management as major companies linked themselves with Main-Street, small-town America. By the war's end, the corporation's image as a ''good neighbor'' had largely replaced that of the ''soulless giant.'' American big business had succeeded in wrapping increasingly complex economic relationships in the comforting aura of familiarity. Marchand, author of the widely acclaimedAdvertising the American Dream(1985), provides an elegant and convincing account of the origins and effects of the corporate imagery so ubiquitous in our world today.

Author Bio

Roland Marchand (1933-1997) was Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, and authored numerous works on American cultural history

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