Cities and Consumption (Routledge Critical Introductions to by Mark Jayne

By Mark Jayne

In investigating the mutual and dynamic dating among city improvement and intake, this ebook asks: how are towns moulded by means of intake, and the way is intake moulded via towns?

Consumption stands on the intersection of other spheres of lifestyle: among the general public and the personal, the political and the non-public, the person and the social. it's thought of to be a way and motor of social switch; as an energetic element within the building of house and position, and in developing subjectivity and social selfhood. offering a severe evaluate of the ways that city improvement has been conceptualized, this ebook evaluations city regeneration tasks, examines traditional and fabulous intake, and describes the connection among intake and improvement of the fashionable 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, monetary and cultural touchstone, and to be an lively component within the building of position and house. utilizing foreign case stories and illustrations all through, this e-book completely analyzes intake and town, and offers an invaluable textual content for college kids of city reviews, sociology and geography.

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1 Collective consumption Theorists have drawn on the Intellectual genealogy from Marx and the Frankfurt School in order link individual agency, lifestyle and forms of sociability to structural and urban change. The conceptualisation of collective consumption was described by Castells (1977) and Saunders (1981). This conception, embedded in a nee-Marxist approach, sought to describe processes of collective consumption as a definite characteristic of the city under advanced capitalism. At this time they considered that the city achieves its distinctiveness as a result of the way in which the reproduction of labour power operates through, and simultaneously structures, space in a manner directly related to the means of production, in essence, collective consumption became a functional necessity for the reproduction of capital For the city to become economically successful, and function so that workers could enable capitalists to maximise profits, housing, gas, electricity, water, sewerage, education and transport had to be organised around both the needs of industrial production and the domestic needs of workers’ and owners’ homes.

For example, Chapter 2 will review the work of early writers, including Veblen and Simmel, and the ways they depicted consumption as a marker of social prestige. The Frankfurt School thesis will be further discussed, as will Marxist depictions of the role of collective consumption in terms of agendas of equality and social justice. It will be shown how consumption cultures were responsible for stimulating the development of spectacular spaces/places within the modern city. The main aim is to critically trace how the development of the modern city can be characterised by the relationship between consumption and archetypal identities, lifestyles, forms of sociability and urban spaces and places.

Pierre Bourdieu (1984) Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. A seminal book that has been centre stage in debate concerning the proliferation of consumer culture. Blending theoretical debate and empirical evidence to great effect, this book is a vital contribution to students of consumption. ) (1997) Production of Culture/Cultures of Production, London: Sage. An important collection of essays by leading scholars who draw connections between the production, consumption, representation and regulation of cultural forms and practices.

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