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Introduction to sociology of marketing communication

Introduction to Sociology of Marketing Communication

Zdenek Sloboda


Mission of sociology
Missionof sociology

  • Critical perspective on the society and the place of an individual within the society.

  • This means new, other way of thinking.

  • An instrument for description and exploration of the society.

  • Sometimes a mirror image of the society and sometimes with the ambition of changing it. (Discussion on social engigeering!)

Structure of the sociology
Structureofthe sociology

  • Sociology as a science of the society focusing on social relations

    • General sociology

    • Sectional sociology (middle-range theories)

    • Empirical sociology

    • On the example of education:

      • General level: role of education within reproduction of social structure

      • Specialized: theory of knowledge society, role of institutions

      • Empirical: effectivity of education process, social profile of students at VŠFS etc.

Sectional sociologies

  • are interested in partial, relatively independent fragments of social life.

  • Can be divided for example:

    • Sociology of action – soc. of work, politics, law, education, sports, art, transport … marketing communication

    • Sociology of social groups – soc. of youth, family, generations, classes, gender, etc.

    • Sociology of the city (urban sociology)

    • Sociology of lifestyle, leisure time

    • Sociology of health, religion, mass communication

What is sociology of something
Whatis sociology ofsomething?

  • Defined by the object – section of reality, life, institutionalized action of individuals etc.

  • Such sociology explores:

    • structures of an object, content of the actions, incl. its effects

    • results of human action both individual and social

    • institutions and organizations – all action leads to an organization

    • the object from the perspective of social structure – i.e. how are different social groups, or institutions involved

    • place and function in the actions of the society

    • actors involved

Marketing communication as a section of the society
Marketing communication as a section of the society

  • MC is complex human action and part of economics

  • is institutionalized – realized by specified organizations that are associated,

  • and rules are applied (codes, legislation, etc.)

  • various professions and individual specializations are involved

  • is using sources of the culture and society

  • has a specific impact on the society

Content of relation between sociology and marketing communication
Content of relation between sociology and marketing communication

structure of the sociology

object, theory, history



taken into account by MC X what is neglected

theories, knowledge on the society, social structure, function of economic behavior, consumption; interest, values, lifestyles of individuals or groups

methods of understanding of the society, research

  • impact on the society and individual(s)

  • unintended influence

  • use of MC as a governing mechanism and for active formation of the society

  • MC as a part of whole social system

Sociologie marketingov komunikace
Sociologie marketingová komunikace communication

Sociology of Marketing Communication


general Sociology





Sociology of mc summary
Sociology communicationof MC - summary

  • part of human action

  • part of economics

  • structure & focuses of Sociology of MC:

    • on object of the action (marketing communication)

    • place and function (advertising, information, manipulation, etc.) – MC as an intervening factor

    • results of MC – intended, unintended;

    • MC as a branch – laws, rules, professional codes, organizations involved

    • individual executors of MC – marketers (their individual psychological, social, morale profile

    • object of MC – individuals, institutions, companies & from the perspective of social structure (social segmentation)

Interest of sociology in mc
Interest communicationof sociology in MC

  • attitudes of individuals and his behavior that are rooted in the intervention of MC

  • lifestyles of individuals, groups and sub-cultures

  • value orientations and norm structure of individuals and society

  • critical analysis of MC influences

  • particular interest (ofours)

    • globalization, popular culture, consumption culture, media and persuasion

  • revise „whatis marketing communication“???

Mc as a part of a social system
MC as a part communicationof a socialsystem

  • intervenes into individual behavior and actions; steps into everyday life giving guidelines

  • therefore often done automatically, based on „hidden“ social norms

  • constructs meaning of specific social/cultural phenomena (such as friendship, love, family, etc.)

  • is part of whole social structure and whole societal communication process

  • stressing the aspect of consumption and economical mechanisms