Behind the Rhetorical Scenes of Offence: A Rhetorical Analysis of Complained-About Offensive Advertising

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Abstract

Studies of rhetorical strategies, and particularly rhetorical figures, in advertising have largely focused on positive contexts and generating positive responses, such as increasing the likeability of ads (e.g. Delbaere et al., 2011; McQuarrie and Phillips, 2005). However, Theodorakis et al. (2015) argue that applying rhetoric in controversial ads may not weaken possible negative responses and could even worsen them. Controversial advertising encompasses a range of predominantly negative responses from distaste and disgust, through offence, outrage and embarrassment, to shock and surprise, from a part of the population (Huhmann and Mott-Stenerson, 2008; Waller, 2005).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Advertising Research
EditorsEnrique Bigne, Sara Rosengren
PublisherEuropean Advertising Academy
Pages229
Number of pages240
VolumeX
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-24878-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-658-24878-9, ISBN 978-3-658-24877-2
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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NameEuropean Advertising Academy
PublisherSpringer

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Auxtova, K. (2019). Behind the Rhetorical Scenes of Offence: A Rhetorical Analysis of Complained-About Offensive Advertising. In E. Bigne, & S. Rosengren (Eds.), Advances in Advertising Research (Vol. X, pp. 229). (European Advertising Academy). European Advertising Academy. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-24878-9_18