By Anne M. Cronin
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How does it establish a context within which viewers engage in practices of interpretation? As I argued in the introduction, academic critics have considered advertising imagery as an ambiguous cultural form. Visual advertising is often imagined to be emblematic of capitalist societies, the visible manifestation or materialisation of the capitalist logics of exploitation, alienation and reification. For instance, Robert Goldman (1992: 2) argues that advertising is ‘a key social and economic institution in producing and reproducing the material and ideological supremacy of commodity relations’.
In later chapters I address these issues through asking The individual, the citizen and the consumer 23 the following questions: If these subordinated groups are discursively produced as merely variations of the same (Diprose 1994), in what terms may they be potentially unique? In what ways may they realise that potential and engage in processes of self-actualisation? What processes occur in the establishment of equivalences and transparency in the identification and expression of potential? In the following section, I relate the above issues of identity, difference and potential to my concerns around belonging and citizenship.
Yet, contradictorily, the very specificity of their nature posits them as incommensurable and indeed ‘naturally’ hostile to one another. Culture becomes a way of redefining ethnicity as contained within national borders and as ostensibly divorced from ‘race’. In Anderson’s (1991) terms, the mapping of the nation-state’s cultural ‘origins’ in local traditions and values lend it discursive ‘authenticity’. This in turn confers an authority of established, bounded identity. In this discourse, culture can be viewed as a form of collective ‘potential’ which is innate in each cultural/ethnic group.