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.

The Spectacular Mega-Event

The spectacular mega-event

The mega-event is an increasingly important indicator of the symbolic impact of consumption on a global consumer society. This chapter looks at the way in which the apparently passive consumption of large-scale events appear to have captured the public imagination and considers what this process means for the redefinition of the consuming city. Despite the high risk nature of urban strategies around mega-events, as exemplified by a number of events that have proven to be onerous on the public purse, many policy-makers see sp7orting events as a key means of urban regeneration. A core concern here then is the degree to which consumers of mega-events and thus city residents are inevitably passive: that they are simply subjects of ideological processes ...

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