Intertextuality as a strategy of glocalization: A comparative study of Nike's and Adidas's 2008 advertising campaigns in China

Songqing Li*

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This paper examines within the theoretical framework of intertextuality the mobilization of glocalization as an international marketing strategy in Nike's and Adidas's 2008 advertising campaigns in China. Intertextuality is seen as a form of mediation through which the glocalization strategy conducted within the domain of global marking is taken up in the domain of advertising communication. The paper also assumes the interrelations of intertextual performance to value orientations and group affiliations. By analyzing intertextuality in relation to affinity groups, it aims to resolve to some extent the conundrum of Nike's more successful than Adidas in the sportswear market of China in a social-semiotic perspective. Two print ads constituting a representative example of the corpus were selected for a qualitative analysis. The comparative analysis of intertextuality reveals the contrasting methods of glocalization applied by Nike and Adidas in their 2008 advertising campaigns, thus offering an explanation for Nike's triumph in competition with Adidas in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-514
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • advertising
  • affinity identity
  • glocalization
  • intertextuality

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