Research Online

Logo

Goldsmiths - University of London

Social representation of cigarettes in Brazilian popular culture

Suarez, Maribel and Velloso, Luciana. 2017. Social representation of cigarettes in Brazilian popular culture. Revista Interdisciplinar de Marketing, 7(1), pp. 26-41. ISSN 1676-9783 [Article]

[img]
Preview
Text
RIMAR.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (129kB) | Preview
[img] Text (Plain Text Bibliography)
bibliography.txt - Bibliography
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike.

Download (49kB)

Abstract or Description

This study investigates the representation of cigarettes in the Brazilian collective imaginary, emphasizing the
symbolic dimension of this consumption. Based on a qualitative and interpretative approach, we analyze 15
in-depth interviews with former smokers and 45 lyrics from the Brazilian contemporary repertoire. This
research highlights the association of smoking with addiction and weakness, but it also forewarns the relation
with other cultural meanings which may increase the attractiveness of the product, such as transgression,
rebellion, resilience, company, and comfort. Our analysis points to the importance of understanding the
meanings that are being generated by cultural texts, especially those with great appeal among young people.
Furthermore, the paper discusses additional future avenues for prevention campaigns and those encouraging
the abandonment of smoking, which can be enriched by a multidimensional perspective that, in addition to
organic and cognitive dimensions, also includes social and symbolic aspects related to this consumption.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Imaginary, cigarette, anti-smoking campaigns, Brazil

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute of Management Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
13 January 2017Accepted
17 January 2017Published

Item ID:

24870

Date Deposited:

20 Nov 2018 18:09

Last Modified:

18 Jan 2019 09:45

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24870

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)