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Consuming Cities

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29 October 2004

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Contemporary urban consumption touches the everyday lives of most citizens and permeates discussion of society and culture today. Consuming Cities looks at this topic from perspectives in both sociology and cultural theory,...

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Contemporary urban consumption touches the everyday lives of most citizens and permeates discussion of society and culture today. Consuming Cities looks at this topic from perspectives in both sociology and cultural theory, drawing together references from mainstream and also less obvious sources in both literatures. Each chapter includes a specific case of a city or aspect of consumption, ranging from a history of urban consumption, gambling to the consumption of culture and its place in tourism to the consumption palace of the cruise liner. This definitive and accessible book will be an invaluable resource to a wide range of students.

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Interdisciplinary approach which gives perspectives from both sociology and cultural studies
Illustrates arguments with a comprehensive range of case studies
Contributes to topical debates about cities and their futures

Provide or Divide?
Consuming the Past: Cities, Shopping and Supermarkets
Consuming Cultures: The Symbolic Economies of Cities
Consuming Place: Cities and Cultural Tourism
Consuming Space: The Architectures of Consumption
Consuming Chance: The Gambling City
Reinventing the Consuming City
Alternative Consumption
Conclusion: The 'Consumed' City
Further Reading
References.

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MALCOLM MILES is Reader in Cultural Theory in the School of Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. He is author of Art, Space and the City (Routledge, 1997) and The Uses of Decoration: Essays in the Architectural Everyday (Wiley, 2000). He is a member of the Board of Landscape Research Group and of the Council of Management of Spaces Gallery.

STEVEN MILES is Head of Research, Centre for Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Northumbria. He is author of Consumerism as a Way of Life (Sage 1998), Youth Lifestyles in a Changing World (Open University Press, 2000) and the forthcoming Social Theory in the Real World (Sage, in press). He has co-edited a special edition of Urban Studies on 'Urban...

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MALCOLM MILES is Reader in Cultural Theory in the School of Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. He is author of Art, Space and the City (Routledge, 1997) and The Uses of Decoration: Essays in the Architectural Everyday (Wiley, 2000). He is a member of the Board of Landscape Research Group and of the Council of Management of Spaces Gallery.

STEVEN MILES is Head of Research, Centre for Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Northumbria. He is author of Consumerism as a Way of Life (Sage 1998), Youth Lifestyles in a Changing World (Open University Press, 2000) and the forthcoming Social Theory in the Real World (Sage, in press). He has co-edited a special edition of Urban Studies on 'Urban Consumption' and is also a member of the editorial boards of Consumption, Markets and Culture and the Journal of Youth Studies. He is currently co-editing a collection for Harwood Academic Press entitled The Changing Consumer.

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