Geographers have been concerned with understanding the spaces through which consumption is manifest, but also the ways in which spaces, social relationships, and things coalesce to make meaningful places. Thus, underpinning much geographical research on consumer culture is the belief that consumption is spatially constituted and expressed and that social relationships, geographical imaginations, and social spaces are also actively created through consumption.

Geographies of Consumption: Intellectual and Disciplinary Contours

During the 1970s and 1980s, geographical consumption research involved description, mapping, and modeling of consumption behavior in areas such as food, energy, health care, public and private housing, and leisure and recreation. In the 1990s, geographies of consumption expanded rapidly. The intensification of many processes related to consumption in the latter half of the twentieth century, including the ...

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