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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


A useful reference book that supports key themes.

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
May 29, 2015

Excellent textbook, though a bit too abstract at times for MBA-level students.

Dr Miriam Garvi
College of Management, National Taiwan University
April 29, 2015

Excellent text

Professor Daniel Valentine
Department Business Studies, Regent's University
April 15, 2015

The approach taken by the book is not exactly useful for an introductory course, but the text is very informative and might be extremely helpful at a graduate/MBA level.

Professor Ryan Eanes
Business Management Dept, Washington College
March 30, 2015

A very insightful text that provides an excellent critical framework for evaluating marketing practice. High level for undergraduate, though for more advanced students, it is certainly a text that will 'make them think'.

Mr David Cockayne
Dept of Transport and Logistics, Huddersfield University
September 29, 2014

I'm recommending this as supplemental reading for the new second year in marketing course to begin October 2014

Dr Andrew Whalley
School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London
October 30, 2013

This whole text helps students recognise marketing conventions and think more critically about marketing theory and practice - very important since many of them will go onto become practitioners themselves.

Mrs Caroline Walsh
Faculty of Professional Studies, University of West London
October 21, 2013

An excellent and accessible overview of the key topics in marketing management and market research, from a critical perspective. Clear, well-written and engaging.

Dr Alon Lischinsky
History Department, Oxford Brookes University
October 16, 2013

A different approach and well received by students as recommended reading.
Stimulated lots of useful tutorial discussions. Will keep on reading list

Mr Graham Webb
Marketing , Park Lane College
December 14, 2012

A very current marketing textbook with relevant case studies and useful insights.

Dr Rosemary Burnley
Bedfordshire Business School, Bedfordshire University
November 12, 2012

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