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General Information

Name:  Inger Lisbeth Stole  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1960 in Norway

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Illinois Connection

Inger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Inger Stole's work has been published in International Journal of Communication, The Journal of American Culture, Consumption, Markets and Culture, Advertising and Society Review, and The Communication Review. Her present research explores the political and economic role of advertising during the Second World War and beyond.

Published Works

  • Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930s, University Of Illinois Press, 2006
  • A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II (With Janice Peck), Marquette University Press, 2011
  • Advertising at War: Business, Consumers, and Government in the 1940s , University of Illinois Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Advertising on trial :
ISBN: 0252072995. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana, Ill. :. ©2006.


Moment of Danger :
ISBN: 0874620341. OCLC Number:

Marquette University Press,. Milwaukee :. 2011.

Advertising at war :
ISBN: 0252078659. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©2012.

Inger L. Stole challenges the notion that advertising disappeared as a political issue in the United States in 1938 with the passage of the Wheeler-Lea Amendment to the Federal Trade Commission Act, the result of more than a decade of campaigning to regulate the advertising industry. She suggests that the war experience, even more than the legislative battles of the 1930s, defined the role of advertising in U.S. postwar political economy and the nation's cultural firmament. Using archival sources, newspapers accounts, and trade publications, Stole demonstrates that the postwar climate of political intolerance and reverence for free enterprise quashed critical investigations into the advertising industry. While advertising could be criticized or lampooned, the institution itself became inviolable.

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