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By Mark Jayne

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

Consumption stands on the intersection of other spheres of lifestyle: among the general public and the non-public, the political and the non-public, the person and the social. it truly is thought of to be a method and motor of social swap; as an energetic component within the development of area and position, and in developing subjectivity and social selfhood. supplying a severe evaluation of the ways that city improvement has been conceptualized, this publication opinions city regeneration projects, examines usual and awesome 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 lively factor within the development of position and area. utilizing foreign case reports and illustrations all through, this e-book completely analyzes intake and town, and offers an invaluable textual content for college kids of city stories, sociology and geography.

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In sum, this importantly demands a mesh of both production-oriented study of urban change and culturally derived understandings of consumption and identity. To date, however, there has overwhelmingly been a focus on highlighting generalisable phenomena with which to describe the (postindustrial/postFordist/postmodern nature of cities and regions. In studying factors such as the social relations of production and the discursive construction of consumption practices, research has often failed to adequately consider how space and place make a difference to local practices and processes (Crewe and Lowe 1995).

It is through consumption that social groups can mark themselves from one another—and the ‘cultural capital’ accumulated through consumption is formulated by signs, symbols, ideas and values. A central element to Bourdieu’s thinking is that consumption habits are not simply the product of social structures, but rather are an interaction between individuals and society. In order to explain this he developed the concept of ‘habitus’—the everyday know-how we gain from routine experience and how we learn ‘appropriate’ behaviour.

In terms of urban studies, this has been manifest in a (slow) movement from descriptions of ‘ideal’ or ‘archetypal’ social groups, towards a focus on particular modalities of consumption; and the proliferation of literature which seeks to ground consumption practices, lifestyles and identities in specific settings and spatial environments. Such approaches seek to identify historical shifts as well as continuities. This importantly includes an acknowledgement that space and place are not passive backdrops to human relations, but are active in political and economic formations, social relations, subjectivity and social selfhood (Zukin 1991, 1998a; Mort 1996, 1998; Wynne and O’Connor 1998).

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