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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 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.

Shopping for Dreams
Shopping for dreams

Architect Rem Koolhaas (2001) argues that shopping has come to colonise, even replace, almost every aspect of urban life; even more so in an era of place marketing in which the revitalised urban realm has become synonymous with the provision of retail (McMorrough, 2001). The shopping mall is indeed living testament to the physical domination of consumption upon the urban fabric. At one level of course, shopping spaces fulfil a functional role insofar as they provide the spaces within which commodities are purchased. They offer a convenient means of commodity exchange, but both their physical presence and the way we engage with that presence as consumers also tell us something important about the nature of the society in which we ...

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