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

ISBN: 9780520926233

Published: October 2nd 1998

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470 pages


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Creating the Corporate Soul: The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big Business  by  Roland Marchand

Creating the Corporate Soul: The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big Business by Roland Marchand
October 2nd 1998 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 470 pages | ISBN: 9780520926233 | 6.76 Mb

Over the course of the twentieth century the popular perception of Americas giant corporations has undergone an astonishing change. Condemned as dangerous leviathans in the centurys first decades, by 1945 major corporations had become respected,MoreOver the course of the twentieth century the popular perception of Americas giant corporations has undergone an astonishing change. Condemned as dangerous leviathans in the centurys first decades, by 1945 major corporations had become respected, even revered, institutions.

Roland Marchands 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 wars end, the corporations 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 acclaimed Advertising 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.



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