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By Mark Jayne

In investigating the mutual and dynamic dating among city improvement and intake, this booklet asks: how are towns moulded through intake, and the way is intake moulded through towns?

Consumption stands on the intersection of other spheres of daily life: among the general public and the non-public, the political and the private, the person and the social. it truly is thought of to be a method and motor of social swap; as an lively factor within the development of house and position, and in developing subjectivity and social selfhood. delivering a severe evaluate of the ways that city improvement has been conceptualized, this e-book opinions city regeneration projects, examines usual and marvelous intake, and describes the connection among intake and improvement of the trendy and post-modern urban. It investigates:

  • consumption and the city
  • consumption and daily life
  • consumption, towns and identity
  • consumption and concrete regeneration.

Consumption is known to have a number of roles as a political, financial and cultural touchstone, and to be an energetic factor within the development of position and area. utilizing foreign case stories and illustrations all through, this publication completely analyzes intake and town, and offers an invaluable textual content for college students of city experiences, sociology and geography.

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This chapter will show the ways in which the individual agency relates to consumption practices, highlighting the weakness in more structurally biased urban studies of archetypal urban spaces/places and identities, lifestyles and forms of sociability. Chapter 5 looks in more detail at the relationship between cities, consumption and identity. This chapter addresses the ways in which class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality have been central to the development of the city. Most work on consumption and the city has focused on middle-class consumption cultures and failed to discuss consumption by the working-class and urban poor (Bauman 1998).

It also highlights a future research agenda for studies of cities and consumption. Learning outcomes ● To be critically aware of different theories of consumption ● To have an appreciation of the relationship between consumption, production, regulation, identity and representation ● To be aware of different definitions of the city ● To understand that consumption cultures are historically and spatially diverse Further reading Robert Bocock (1993) Consumption, London: Routledge. An accessible introduction to the ways in which consumption has been considered by different academic disciplines, which provides rich detail and useful examples to illustrate complex arguments.

Members of the School used Marx’s theory of commodity fetishism to show how cultural forms function to secure continuing economic, political and ideological dimensions of capital. Writers such as Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse (the work of Walter Benjamin will be discussed later in this chapter) worked on Marx’s concept of alienation and the way this emphasised how the mass production of cultural artefacts such as music and literature produced a ‘culture industry’ that integrated workers into the capitalist society.

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