- Subject index
In Spaces of Culture an international group of scholars examines the implications of questions such as: What is culture? What is the relationship between social structure and culture in a globalized and networked world? Do critical perspectives still apply, or does the speed and complexity of cultural production demand new forms of analysis? They explore the key themes in social theory: the nation state; the city; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial logic of the informational city. The contributors go on to analyze the public sphere, questioning the reductive representation of technology as a form of instrumentality, and demonstrating how new technologies can offer new spaces of culture. This analys
Chapter 5: Roaming the City: Proper Women in Improper Places
Roaming the City: Proper Women in Improper Places
Consumerism produces a disputed terrain within cultural studies in general and within feminist scholarship in particular. This debate revolves around a question fundamental to the field of cultural studies as a whole: does consumption always work in the service of a hegemonic structure or are there ways in which consumption offers a space for resistance against the very structures that it would appear to represent?1 The articulation of fashion within the broader context of feminine consumption is symptomatic of this larger debate. So called ‘high fashion’ offers a strikingly fraught example of the vagaries of culture and its relationship to hegemonic modes of social control. On the one hand, ‘high ...