Raising the Dead:On Brands That Go Bump in the Night

Brown, Stephen and Patterson, Anthony and Ashman, Rachel (2020) Raising the Dead:On Brands That Go Bump in the Night. Journal of Marketing Management. ISSN 0267-257X (In Press)

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Many brands have been obliterated by the ‘death of the high street’ and many more have had near-death experiences. This paper applies Derrida’s ‘hauntology’ to Hollister, a high-flying fashion brand that fell from grace. Although it remains in the land of the living, selling impossible dreams of So-Cal’s beachside lifestyle, Hollister is a ghost of its former self. An interpretive empirical investigation reveals that the brand’s hauntology comprises four phantomic components: mortality, anxiety, liminality and retroactivity. A spectral ‘model’ of bump-in-the-night brands also makes its presence felt.

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12 Aug 2020 13:30
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