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A Critical Textbook

November 2010 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by a team of renowned experts in the field, Marketing: A Critical Textbook provides a unique introduction and overview of critical approaches to marketing.

Ideally suited to advanced students of marketing, the book uses examples and 'real world' case studies to illustrate and discuss major alternative and critical perspectives on the subject, enabling students to constructively question the conventional assumptions, concepts and models with which they are already familiar.


- Explains and debates key concepts in a clear, readable and concise manner.

- Provides practical and innovative demonstrations of abstract and difficult concepts through classroom exercises and individual and group activities.

- Includes a glossary of critical marketing terms.

- Additional material on the companion website, including a full Instructor's Manual and free access to full-text journal articles for students.

Introducing the History of Marketing Theory and Practice
Marketing 'Science' and the Paradigm Debates
What's the Story? Analyzing Marketing Discourse
Interrogating the Ideological Function of Marketing
The Management of Marketing
Taking a Different Look at Business-to-Business Marketing
Consumer Surveillance and Marketing Research
Consumer Rights and Resistance
Consumer Society and the Production of Identity
Marketing and the Sign
Globalization and Ethics


Well-structured, readable, and comprehensive treatment; useful learning activities; glossary an important addition.

Dr Niklas Woermann
Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark
August 20, 2012

An interesting book, though fairly 'heavy' for the UG student cohort that it would target.

Mr David Peck
Newcastle Business School, Newcastle University
July 2, 2012

An accessible reader which informs and deepens students' interest in critical marketing studies.

Ms Jonquil Hinson
Marketing, Durham University
June 27, 2012

Here this has been linked to the incorrect course, this will be used as recommended reading in my 'Current Issues' module.

There are very few textbooks which take a critical approach to marketing, most simply present standard threories, albeit in slightly different ways. Such a book was long overdue - it complements general text books very well, and reduces the effort of collating more critical, analytical material from journals.

Dr Antje Cockrill
School of Business & Economics, Swansea University
May 31, 2012

This text book looks at marketing from a different angle which is refreshing. However, the books are required for a first year course and I think it would be better to have a more traditional approach. However, I will include the book as additional reading.
Although the cover is inviting the text and greyness of print inside the book does make it a little drab and uninviting!

Mrs Hilary Bishop
School of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores UNiversity
August 9, 2011

A very interesting and needed assessement of marketing

Miss Susanna Molander
Marketing, Stockholm University School of Business
August 8, 2011

the level of the book is too high for the expected three year students

Ms Nerea Etura Luque
Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Coventry University
July 11, 2011

Excellent background reading for advanced level students in marketing to gain thorough grounding in marketing theory

Adam Raman
School of Marketing, Kingston University
June 2, 2011

A great and necessary book, useful for students without lacking in theoretical depth. This will be for quite a while a standard book for every marketing discussion that dares to go beyond Kotler.

Dr Matthias Bode
Department of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark
May 16, 2011

A refreshingly critical perspective on a discipline that typically takes itself far too seriously

Professor Lars Binckebanck
BWL, Nordakademie
January 27, 2011

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