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 reinvention 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, and 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.
Chapter 3: Creating Cities
The final 20 years of the twentieth century saw the emergence of a new kind of city: an apparently revitalised post-industrial city, a city of surfaces and of dreams in which anything appeared and apparently now appears possible. As well as looking different and feeling different, the post-industrial city is run differently and at its core lays an entrepreneurial stance that is all about creating the appropriate conditions conducive to capital accumulation (Hubbard and Hall, 1998). Such developments lay the groundwork on which the consuming city and indeed spaces for consumption became so fundamental to the experience of urban life in the twenty-first century. In this chapter, I will consider the development of the post-industrial, entrepreneurial city and raise the question as ...