National pride, global capital: a social semiotic analysis of transnational visual branding in the airline industry

@article{Thurlow2007NationalPG,
  title={National pride, global capital: a social semiotic analysis of transnational visual branding in the airline industry},
  author={Crispin Thurlow and Giorgia Aiello},
  journal={Visual Communication},
  year={2007},
  volume={6},
  pages={305 - 344}
}
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