Spaces for Consumption (Google eBook)

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SAGE, Aug 1, 2010 - Social Science - 216 pages
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Spaces for Consumption offers an in-depth and sophisticated analysis of the processes that underpin the commodification of the city and explains the physical manifestation of consumerism as a way of life.

Engaging directly with the social, economic and cultural processes that have resulted in our cities being defined through consumption this vibrant book clearly demonstrates the ways in which consumption has come to play a key role in the re-invention of the post-industrial city

The book provides a critical understanding of how consumption redefines the consumers' relationship to place using empirical examples and case studies to bring the issues to life. It discusses many of the key spaces and arenas in which this redefinition occurs including:

• shopping

• themed space

• mega-events

• architecture

Developing the notion of 'contrived communality' Steven Miles outlines the ways in which consumption, alongside the emergence of an increasingly individualized society, constructs a new kind of relationship with the public realm.

Clear, sophisticated and dynamic this book will be essential reading for students and researchers alike in sociology, human geography, architecture, planning, marketing, leisure and tourism, cultural studies and urban studies.

  

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Contents

The City of Complicity
1
2 The Individualised City?
13
3 Creating Cities
35
4 Consuming Culture
55
5 Architectures of Consumption
76
6 Shopping for Dreams
98
7 The spectacular megaevent
121
8 Themed Parks
142
Spaces for Consumption Places of Experience
164
References
186
INDEX
201
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About the author (2010)

Andy Bennett is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.
Mark Cieslik is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Teesside.
Steven Miles is Head of Research at the Centre for Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Northumbria.

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